Ed Broadbent, former leader of the federal NDP and former president of Rights and Democracy, along with Roy Romanow, the former premier of Saskatchewan who also previously served as a member of the Security and Intelligence Review Committee, have together released a joint essay to The Globe and Mail. In their essay, the two take the stance of warning Canadian citizens to oppose the new Bill C-51. For those who don't know, this bill is an anti-terror piece of legislation that is aiming to give more powers to CSIS, further limit the rights of Canadians, and introduce even more worries. Canadian citizens should oppose this piece of legislation and “this bill should be withdrawn, or defeated in Parliament,” Broadbent and Romanow assert.
As mentioned in our previous article, these writers are also reiterating the fact that Canada already has mechanisms in place, we already have practices and laws in place that are necessary to deal with terrorism. For example, these mechanisms “include surveillance, immigration controls, preventative detention and incarceration for criminal activity” explains Broadbent and Romanow. Aside from these precautions and defense systems in place however, the Prime Minister still wants to expand police powers. Broadbent and Romanow claim that the new Bill C-51 will remove “reasonable restraints on Canadian security authorities but give them no new resources or strategies to more effectively do their real work.” This bill directly attacks the civil rights of every Canadian citizen, in that the government wishes to initiate an expansive phishing expedition under the guise of “fighting terrorism.”
The new bill also aims to re-define threats to the nation's security, any interference with economic or financial stability might now possibly be seen to violate national security. Meanwhile, the Bank of Canada continues with its corrupt fiat currency system that breeds inflation and perpetually deteriorates the purchasing power for every single Canadian citizen, but when the government's actions interfere with economic stability in a negative way, it is assumed to be seen as acceptable from those who they supposedly represent. Like the controversial Patriot Act, Bill C-51 affords the power now for authorities to hold suspects as a preventative measure if they believe that they might commit an act of terror in the future. This will then “make detention a matter for the purely subjective views of security officials,” both Broadbent and Romanow warn. The exercise of security powers must be open to an independent and a critical review process, however the new bill does not clearly state how any effective assessment would take place. Ultimately, the authors call for Parliament to vote down the bill.
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