C-51 is a disgrace.
According to the federal government, Bill C-51 is an act which should “encourage and facilitate information sharing between Government of Canada institutions in order to protect Canada against activities that undermine the security of Canada.”
It seems very obvious at this point that that neat and vague phrase, although potentially true, does not encompass the true character of the bill.
C-51 is a disgrace because the Conservatives have tried to take advantage of what they thought would be a vulnerable population after the Parliament Hill shootings.
They were wrong, the bill goes too far and Canadians know it.
It is unrealistic to think that the bill will pass given the proposed changes to charter rights and private information sharing.
Furthermore, the bill is devious in targeting peaceful protestors. C-51 gives the RCMP power to criminally charge persons involved in disrupting infrastructure. This involves, for example, First Nations groups peacefully protesting a pipeline, people who already make up a disproportionate amount of prisoners in the system. Harper sure does not understand British Columbia.
All of the changes to the criminal justice system and firmly held Canadian beliefs in C-51 are unacceptable.
This time Harper has gone too far.
Enjoy your time in office Conservative government, the next federal election cannot come soon enough.
Patrick Teague, Central Saanich