In fact, this is the most significant overhaul of national security legislation since 2001. At that time, there were 19 days of hearings in Committee which allowed 80 expert witnesses to be heard. Now, there are only eight days for Canadians to express their opinion about this legislation (and one of these is designated solely for government). CCLA is preparing written submissions to the Parliamentary Committee studying this bill. We will publish this on our website next week, as they will outline our concerns.
Below, you can click on the various links to see what we have been doing to speak out against Bill C-51, and to stand up for our democratic rights and proven safeguards to prevent error and injustice. You will also find a link to a brief survey about Bill C-51. Whether or not the government is interested in what Canadians think about the proposed legislation, CCLA wants to hear from you.
Executive Director and General Counsel
Press release: CCLA responds to new anti-terror legislation
“Weak-kneed opposition lets Conservative terror bill sail through: Walkom”
“Bill C-51 would grant spy agency the power to ‘reduce the threat’ of terrorism, but tactics unclear”
February 4, 2015 — CBCNews.ca spoke to Sukanya Pillay about CCLA’s position on Bill C-51, which grant CSIS the ability to use unclear tactics. Click here to read the article on CBCNews.ca.
“Bill C-51 is not the answer”
“Forcese & Roach on Bill C-51: Judicial warrants are designed to prevent – not authorize – Charter violations”
February 17, 2015 —CCLA has been working with Craig Forcese and Kent Roach, law professors and strong civil libertarians, who have been vocal about Bill C-51. Click here to read their article in the National Post.
“Anti-terror law shares information too easily, experts write”
February 17, 2015 — The Ottawa Citizen reports how experts are warning that Bill C-51 can be used to disclose information “to any person, for any purpose”. Click here to read the article in the Ottawa Citizen.
“Bill C-51: 4 Former PMs Call For Better Intelligence Accountability”
February 19, 2015 — Several groups including Amnesty International, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the National Council of Canadian Muslims welcomed the statement. Click here to read the article in The Huffington Post.
“National Post View: We need parliamentary debate on Bill C-51”
February 23, 2015 — “Even more worrying, the bill gives new powers to Canada’s spy agencies without providing any additional oversight.”Click here to read the National Post’s full commentary.
February 24, 2015 —Sukanya Pillay discussed Bill C-51 on The Ed Hand Show.
“Alex Neve: In terrorism bills, the Canadian government goes shopping for laws”
February 25, 2015 — “Judges will authorize CSIS action in other countries even if it violates that country’s law – any law, seemingly including their constitution. In fact they are told they should not even pay attention to local law.”Click here to read the article in the Ottawa Citizen.
Press release: Canadian rights groups decry limited Parliamentary Committee hearings for Bill C-51, proposed major national security reforms
“Canadians are being told they should embrace Bill C-51 without question because it will make us safer. Overlooked is that this Bill contains deeply worrying challenges to human rights protection, including the unprecedented proposition of empowering Federal Court judges to authorize violations of the Charter of Rights. To cut short the opportunity for these enormously consequential changes to be thoroughly examined is itself a grave human rights concern.” AIex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada (English Branch)
“This is the most significant overhaul of Canadian laws dealing with national security since 2001. At that time there were 19 sessions in Committee allowing 80 expert witnesses to be heard. It has come forward without any accompanying review of existing laws, policies and resources and an analysis of where they fall short. To allow such little time for scrutiny of its provisions runs counter to the expectation Canadians have that their elected representatives will consider legislation carefully before it is adopted.” Sukanya Pillay, General Counsel and Executive Director, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
CCLA wants to hear what you think about Bill C-51
The federal government has limited the number of public hearings on Bill C-51, but CCLA would like to hear what Canadians have to say.
Please take our three question survey and let us know what you think about Bill C-51.