C-51 detrimental to the interests of Canada

Aaron Holmes

Guest Editorial

Thursday, March 12 2015

Harper’s Secret Police would have too much power and not enough oversight if C-51 passes. You, on the other hand, could lose the protection of your Charter rights based on judgement calls and intentionally flexible language.

In the proposed new CSIS powers, the only statutory framework translates into: “you can do anything to ‘reduce’ broadly defined threats to the security of Canada, including violating every right in the Charter, so long as it doesn’t do bodily harm, violate sexual integrity or obstruct justice” -Law Professors Craig Forcese and Kent Roach, Bill C-51 Backgrounder #2

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) started as an information gathering service. 

They were restricted from taking direct action. Their information gathering mandate was balanced by limiting its power. 

With political cover from the scary ‘terrorists’, anything that could be construed as ‘detrimental to the interests of Canada’ becomes possible.

CSIS already has the powers they need to help prevent terrorism.

The Prime Minister, through his cabinet ministers, could order pretty much anything, at home or abroad, as long as it could be plausibly construed as being in Canada’s interest.

This feels at best like a wet blanket over the fire of free thought, especially if you disagree with the PM on anything. Although the Act doesn’t mention ‘Thoughtcrime’, it’s an overwhelming tool to quell dissent and force an agenda.

Sorry about your Charter rights. They were mostly suggestions anyway. 

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” 

~ Benjamin Franklin