Bill C-51 violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights, OSCE finds

The Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism bill violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Canada has ratified, according to legal analysis by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization.

The Vienna-based group, which Canada joined in 1973, found that Section 16 of Bill C-51, which contain amendments to the Criminal Code outlawing “advocating or promoting the commission of terrorism,” places a number of direct restrictions on freedom of expression.

“International standards, in recognition of their potential overbreadth, call for restrictions on freedom of expression in this area to be limited to direct and intentional incitement to terrorism, instead of broader notions such as advocating, promoting or encouraging, and they also rule out indirect intent requirements such as recklessness,” OSCE report read. “This is potentially of particular concern to the media, which has a professional responsibility to report on terrorism and to ensure that the public are informed about terrorist threats and activities.”

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Section 16 of the Bill also gives the responsible minister the power to seize and otherwise suppress ‘terrorist propaganda’, defined as anything that advocates, promotes or counsels the commission of a terrorist offence.

“In addition to the problems with restricting material that merely advocates or promotes terrorism, this rule is problematical inasmuch as it enables administrative action to restrict freedom of expression which is triggered by the very low standard of having ‘reasonable grounds’ to believe the material is terrorist propaganda,” OSCE reported. “Furthermore, there are no protections against the overbroad application of this rule, such as a requirement that dissemination of the material would be likely to incite a terrorist offence before it may be seized. Once again, these provisions are potentially of serious concern to the media, in particular due to the risk that professional reporting on terrorism may require them to disseminate material which could be deemed to be terrorist propaganda.”

OSCE also expressed concern that the erosion of privacy rights and the expansion of no-fly lists would act to chill freedom of expression.

“Section 2 of the Bill establishes the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act, which substantially increases the power to share information among 17 different Canadian government institutions, including institutions that hold a tremendous amount of personal information about Canadians,” the OSCE report read. “The link between threats to privacy and to freedom of expression has been well established and the enabling of significantly greater internal sharing of information among government institutions may exert a chilling effect on freedom of expression.”

“Although intentional abuse of this provision is unlikely in the Canadian context, there is a real risk that individuals who are in no way associated with terrorism may be caught up in the scheme based on controversial comments they may have made about terrorism,” OSCE added. “Furthermore, individuals placed on the no-fly list may be prevented from going before a court to contest this action for up to 90 days.”

Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”

The anti-terror bill is currently being studied in the senate after passing the third reading in the House of Commons by a margin of 183 to 96, with Conservatives and Liberals voting for the legislation and NDP and Greens voting against it.

Dozens of groups opposed to Bill C-51 are holding protests across Canada on Saturday May 30 against the legislation and are asking Canadians to write to the senators urging them to vote against the anti-terror act in the senate.

87 Responses to Bill C-51 violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights, OSCE finds

  1. Canada is officially a fascist country. Stephen Harper will go down in history as the most secretive, over-controlling Crime Sinister in history.

    • Dan Craig says:

      Harper has some stiff competition for anything near first place.

      • Anonymous says:

        The link you gave is for a Soviet secret police security officer….. Clearly he was speaking of Canadian “crime ministers” not Soviet era political criminals. :p

      • Andrew says:

        the Soviet was executed for his crimes. Stephen Harper will write another book, and retire very comfortably.

      • The Ghost of Sir John A says:

        he’s on his way, though!

      • Marty Hykin says:

        @ Dan Craig. Yeah, but he’s gaining fast. Listen, it takes years to acchieve world-class status in this field, just like any other. It took Hitler years before he could get around to the hard stuff like gas chambers and all. Harper may not have a lot of personal charm but he is a methodical, step-by-step man. He’ll end up like all the rest of his “heroes”.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why is everyone so concerned? If you have nothing to hide I don’t get you people

      • Anonymous says:

        It isn’t about something to hide. It’s about the freedom of rights to not have your door kicked in for saying something like “I support anonymous or occupy canada” it is my legal right to support who I want and this bill takes that away. Stephen Harper is bringing back slavery one law at a time. It is time to wake up, you have been asleep far too long.

      • Anonymous says:

        A guy got fired over singing a song about getting rid of Harper in the election. It’s not about having things to hide, it’s about not having a say about how this country is run, peaceful or not.

      • Anonymous says:

        Because this is bringing in martial law without openly declaring it as such. It is an attempt to pull power from the people and place it in the hands of the government, and turning Canada from a democracy towards other governments, such as a dictatorship.

        All in all, I don’t like the idea of being unable to say that Hitler was brilliant, misguided and paranoid, but brilliant nonetheless. That comment could be taken as an anti-semitism comment, and the police could track my IP, drag me out into the streets and arrest me. I could have been a gay Jewish, and still been arrested simply due to that comment. (I am gay, so I’d have a reason to hate Hitler as well). Point is, there is a limit to how much power a government needs, and this goes well beyond it.

  2. CrimeMinister says:

    Don’t want to get violated? Stop bending over people!

    • Anonymous says:

      But if we don’t bend over, we’re considered a terrorist!

      • Brenda Morison says:

        I walk with groups that want to save the environment i.e. to keep our drinking water drinkable.
        Now I’m a terrorist?

        • Anonymous says:

          According to Harper we are now. Even wearing a shirt expressing dislike of Harper “fuck Harper” got the man a $500 fine

        • How would it be if Canadians banded together and demanded that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its Covenants be proclaimed as the basic interpretive code for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? There is coherence to the UDHR – and it is far more of a genuine protection of rights than the pretend efforts that emanate from Justice Departments…

    • Anon says:

      Encouraging dissent?! You, sir, just broke the low…

  3. Realbertan says:

    I reject the argument that every time we talk about security, our freedoms are threatened, because I understand that freedoms and security go hand in hand.

    Canadians expect the government to protect both, and there are protections in Bill C-51 legislation that would do exactly that.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is possible to have security without restricting individual freedom in this way. Hand in hand does not mean the average person should be monitored 24 hours per day, have their info shared without thier knowledge, have their right to express a political opinion taken away. Speech against your beliefs is still free speech. If you agree with C-51, then you are probably so privileged you’ve never felt the oppression or hate that drives peoe to protest to defend their basic freedoms. Good for you. Now, why not use that privilege to stand up for the rest of the people instead of taking your slice and letting everyone else get crapped on by the fascists.

      • Anonymous says:

        “If you agree with C-51, then you are probably so privileged you’ve never felt the oppression or hate that drives peoe to protest to defend their basic freedoms”

        It is the complete opposite im afraid. You were born in one of the wealthiest and most developed countries in the world. You expect to have full privacy and be perfectly safe at the same time. You expect cheap energy and no pollution. You expect healthcare and security with very little taxes.

        You expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter.

        “Now, why not use that privilege to stand up for the rest of the people instead of taking your slice and letting everyone else get crapped on by the fascists.”

        This again shows how detached from reality you are. Canada is nowhere near fascism, or tyranny, or anything of that sort. It is still a bastion of free speech and equality. Everything has a price, the only difference is that now with all the social media, you are starting to see the cost thins country has always paid, and you dont like it.

        You dont like this bill, but the second it is your life on the line, you will quickly change your mind.

        “It is possible to have security without restricting individual freedom in this way”

        Yea, just like its possible to earn billions without doing anything.

        • Anonymous says:

          When you have a majority government (Harper’s Conservatives) that slips legislation into yet another massive omnibus budget bill (C-59) that retroactively exempts previously collected information (long gun registration) from Access to Information laws so that they can be destroyed by federal police (RCMP), despite an ongoing investigation of those records by the Information Commissioner, and they deny any wrong doing because it was their “will of Parliament” to destroy those regards, that is the start of the slippery slope that leads to fascism.

          • Anonymous says:

            regards = records, of course

          • Hugh Jenney says:

            Check out the 10 reasons Canada is a Fascist country ie there is no slippery slope. We have already landed.

          • miya2007 says:

            Cannot take u seriously when u come up anonymous. ..want to make crazy statements have the jam to have a name of some sort….I have served in the military and am a federal peace officer now…Harper is destroying all the ethics and values this country had….if u cannot see this then u have blinders on…WAKE UP

          • bobart82 says:

            That wouldn’t be the same parliament they were in contempt of and all current members should be impeached and imprisoned for not enforcing those laws, that one?

        • KeithBram says:

          “It is still a bastion of free speech and equality.”

          Correction: It was. C-51 changes that, in a big way.

        • Anonymous says:

          When was the last time we had a major Terrorist situation? how many Canadian terrorist related deaths do we have a year vs lets say drunk driving related deaths?
          This Bill does nothing to make us safer, in fact it does the opposite, not only does it take out freedoms away. It also allows the government to share your personal information to other departments without your consent and no oversight. Also all the data they are storing and sharing about you could be leaked and then you become a victim of identity theft. I personally have already had my information leaked by National Student loans so I know the pains of this and it’s only a matter of time before more Canadian citizens have their information leaked.

          • Hugh Jenney says:

            Your chances of being killed by a terrorist are 2X less than by being hit by lightening.

          • miya2007 says:

            Again wake up…soldiers killed on canadian soil a few months ago…I cannot begin to fathom your ignorance…

        • Jimmy says:

          “You dont like this bill, but the second it is your life on the line, you will quickly change your mind.”

          I doubt it. How quickly you forget those that willingly put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Maybe you would cower away telling the government to turn our country into a fascist police state just so you can “feel safe,” by I doubt very much everyone would.

          This is not to mention the provisions in the bill do very little to protect us from terrorists.

          • Anonymous says:

            The wars that we are in are for the benifit of the war machine period! They have nothing to do with Canadian freedom and everything to do with corporate profits. Profit on the backs of our young. It is sick!

          • Anonymous says:

            I’d rather have terrorists against me than my own gov’t… Anything that makes us have less freedom is a step in the wrong direction, for any country…

        • Connor Behan says:

          Uhh, no I think taxes in Canada are not high enough. Stopping terrorism is important. But it is much better to do that by raising taxes than by abolishing civil liberties.

        • The Ghost of Sir John A says:

          The bill is deeply flawed and allows CSIS powers to detain without oversight and without due process anyone who is labelled a terrorist. The problem is that it throws over the very basis of the rule of law – 2 parts of the Magna Carta – and that the definition in the bill of what constitutes a terrorist is so loose that lawyers, 4 ex prime-ministers, judges, former cabinet minsiters and business people as well as the press have decried the bill as dangerous and flawed. Who do you work for defending such an Orwellian piece of legislation?

        • Anonymous says:

          And the second you are behind bars for expressing an opinion that is different from that of your government.. is the second you will realize how WRONG you were… Bill C-51 DESTROYS the rights and freedoms we so ARROGANTLY take for granted in this country. Considering more people are killed every year from lightning strikes in Canada than are killed by terrorism.. Seems to me like it would have kept us safer to ram a “lightning rod” bill through the house forcing everyone to install a lightning rod on their house to stop all the needless deaths. This bill is a farce.. a wolf in sheeps clothing.. and you took the bait… hook… line.. and sinker!

        • A Smith says:

          You sound like you possibly came from a tyrannical country. If that is so, you more than any of us should be fighting C-51 tooth and nail. You stop tyranny before it begins, before it can’t be stopped. I’m against C-51 not because I have anything to hide because I certainly don’t. I’m against it because it means my whole life can now be swept out from under me because our leader is essentially stomping his feet like an upset toddler because my opinions don’t match his and I dared to say it out loud. Innocent caring people will have their lives ruined because of this Bill. That is not okay.

        • Anonymous says:

          You talk like there’s a terrorist on every corner, just like Harper. You have a bigger chance of getting hit by lightning twice than you do of being attacked by terrorists in Canada.

      • Anonymous says:

        I agree Anom

    • Johnny Chill says:

      You quote a ridiculous line out of Harper’s speech. A line that is basically propaganda for his base as the idea behind it is that people should ignore the specifics of the bill. And you bought into it hook, line and sinker. You might be a “Real Albertan,” but your not a real Canadian. (And with Notley’s election, the definition of a “real Albertan” is changing.). Real Canadians don’t want to live in a Surveillance Society.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes. The stolid repeating talking points. Because they have nothing else. Don’t ever ever give me this crap about what do you have to hide garbage.
        There is no balancing act needed. Because dude there is NO TERROR threat. None at all. It’s all a lie and a game to take our rights away.

    • Peezim says:

      Those who would give up essential liberty for a temporary peace deserve neither. Ben Franklin
      Enough of this Conservative Reform Alliance Party… Huck Farper.

      • Hans S. says:

        well put….old Ben really had the right of it there….amazing how an 18th century guy can still be so right on.

    • Daisee says:

      This Bill will allow the scooping up of information on those who are not targets of a terrorism investigation and with no oversight. The FBI just admitted no major cases have been cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers, 5 years too late. The Bill will also allow the current gov’t, any gov’t, to look into the private lives of their perceived political enemies. Warrants in the CSIS Act will violate Charter rights & with that we’ll get Canadians who get swept up and their lives destroyed for no reason other than the fact that this Federal government didn’t want the oversight necessary to protect against such damaging laws. Unfortunately we will probably never hear about that innocent person because of the way C-51 is structured. They will suffer in silence.

    • Anonymous says:

      U sound bery young and inexperienced jave you ever stood up for anhthing or believed in something where u put everything on the line, i doubt it have u ever walled for the water or stood face to face with rcmp as they try and roll trough your blockade line all in order to peotect the environment, were not talking terrorism but maybe to a corporation it would look that way, but last time i checked Canada was a healthy countey but now look at our habits look around and see exactly what most are foghting againts, its people like you that are on the fence pick a side already and stop thinking this cluntey is so great its fone downhill and if people dont get up and smell the bs then i guess its all gone to hell

    • John says:

      Ok, Realbertan, you’re one of those ‘I have nothing to hide types’. So, please gather your financial, medical and criminal records and post them here along with your home address and telephone number. You don’t mind if I come over to your house and start looking around do you? You can leave the door unlocked for me…. I know you won’t mind because it’s exactly what you are allowing the police and security services to do without a warrant everytime you use the phone or the computer or when anything Is entered into the computer for any reason…. There’s also some dictatorships around the world that you sound like you’d be right at home in…. Harphole loves unquestioning people like you…..

    • ken zubko says:

      if you want safety and security go to jail

    • Leo B says:

      Obviously, you have never experienced what it is to wake up one day and discover you no longer have any rights. I have. Bill C-51 is just the beginning. Watch out.

    • GeorgeNotBush says:

      Bill C-51 was introduced after two mentally ill young men killed two soldiers.

      There’s nothing in C-51 that will stop a crazy.

      Canada’s jails are filling up with the mentally ill. Nothing in the Criminal Code deterred any of them. Jail exacerbates their condition so that when they get out, they commit worse crimes until they kill somebody and get put away for life.

      This is a government that likes victims so much that they run the jails so that offenders come out more dangerous and make more victims for the government to prattle over.

      Insanity has been defined as repeatedly doing the same thing in the expectation of getting a different result – just as the government is doing with mentally ill inmates.

      To stop crazies from committing crimes, you first need an effective mental health system.

      • Richard Wilkins says:

        The C-51 Bill was introduced in 2008.

        They just waited for the ‘perfect time’ to pass it into law.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stop being a tool and read some history books

    • Jason says:

      I disagree wholeheartedly with your assessment.
      This bill erodes a citizens right to fair policing and due process. False accusations have already made it to court in Canada around oil pipelines as well as fracking protests. False accusations that fell apart under scrutiny in a fair trial. When one agency is able to subvert rule of law and plant false evidence that another agency may pick up and prosecute you will have a situation that guarantees human rights violations occur.

      • reg says:

        The agency called the CRA has been reported in PARLIAMENT for FRAUD, ILLEGAL SEARCH, CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE, and more.
        That was 2012. Where is the response from MP’s ? Where’s the follow up from MSM? The report was about 500 cases against Canadians.
        DANIEL LEBLANC OTTAWA — From Monday’s Globe and Mail (includes update) Published Sunday, Apr. 29 2012, 6:25 PM EDT Last updated Thursday, Sep. 06 2012, 12:50 PM
        Their MOB of lawyers at the DOJ probably made legal moves to conceal
        this information? Concealment is always a fascist tactic. Do Canadians really want this ABUSE ? Big govt. and big govt. union are a good thing? Really?

    • Anonymous says:

      You just quoted the Prime minister. Do you have any thoughts of your own to add?

    • Thomaso says:

      Except that C-51 was never needed in the first place as we (Canadians) already had all the protection needed, and it does also contain what amounts to the equivalent of rights rape.

    • don says:

      this bill does not GIVE anything Realbertan, it does nothing but take. Did you not understand something in this article. DUH.

    • Mary says:

      We already had laws to protect us – now Bill C51 ALSO threatens US, we canadians’ freedom of speech…

  4. M Brown says:

    The report only discusses sub-sections (83.221-83.222) of the bill. The author has no problem with the rest of the bill.

    Further, from the report: “The views, opinions, conclusions and other information expressed in this document are not given nor necessarily endorsed by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) unless the OSCE is explicitly defined as the Author of this document.” So it is not the OSCE which has the problem, it is the author.

    • Al Wright says:

      Sections 83.222 and 223 provides “for the seizure and suppression of “terrorist propaganda”‘. The OSCE Report says that 83.222 and 223 are “far more offensive to freedom of expression than the Section 83.221 offence for two reasons. First….’ a very low standard of reasonable grounds which could be expected to have a chilling effect on freedom of expression’. Second, there are ‘NO conditions or protections against abuse of the ‘reasonable grounds’ standard’. One does have to be tremendously imaginative to create scenario where either or both would be abused.

  5. The article fails to mention that the Bloc Québécois voted against the Bill C-51 together with the NDP and the Green Party of Canada.

  6. Dan Craig says:

    This is what was actually said. The headline was BS. Why choose one liar over another?

    • Al Wright says:

      The word-for-word meaning of the headline may, indeed, be overstated. But we all know that Harper and his cronies are very adept at using the thin edge of the wedge for gaining their end purpose. And freedom for middle class Canadians is not on Harper’s agenda.

    • Hans S. says:

      the headline for this story may not be entirely accurate, but the article from the OSCE that you linked to is not in favour of the bill at all…they say it will be all too easy to get netted by CSIS and the RCMP if you even express unpopular opinions, or support, for example, the Palestinian cause, as opposed to Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians….you could be accused of “supporting terrorism”….even though the real terrorists are the Harpocrite Government, and the Israeli Zionist aggressors…

  7. Buster Chops says:

    We cannot let the government, or any organization, lead us through controlling our fear. The reality is that freedom of expression and freedom of though are being eroded over time as we (citizens of powerful first world countries) become more detached from the realistic dangers of simply being alive in the world. We hear about a dozen people killed in a terrorist attack and think “Oh my god! That is terrifying. I could be killed by terrorists!” when the reality is that your chances are very, very low of anything like that happening. So low as to be effectively 0%. But in our fear we gladly give our government the power to pry into peoples private lives, snooping and looking for anything they might see as subversive (keeping in mind that what may be viewed as subversive can change with each new government that is put into place). We as a society need to re-establish our desire and value for truly free speech. I include in this the abolition of hate speech legislation for a number of reasons but primarily because it attaches a punishment to the thoughts or words that a person uses rather than the deeds. Thought crimes and speech crimes cannot be allowed to pass into acceptability (excepting of course issues of libel and slander which can cause direct measurable harm) or we are no better than those countries who prevent their citizens from seeing “unacceptable” material or who demand certain beliefs from their citizens. Do not let fear of possible dangers and harms cause us to give up our guaranteed rights of freedom. Freedom>safety

  8. Harper would be wise to play the angle that he is trying to achieve these sketchy bills (at least as is presented by reports and media) in order to encourage the Canadian people to participate in the process of governance, or suffer the consequences of our inaction. Leading seems to be very difficult.

    I would try to pass bills that affects people directly, to get them used to intervening when its important, to be in the habit of observing what is being passed. Like I’d start by trying to pass a bit in the spring that bans the use of Barbeque’s during the summer months.

    I’d approve construction on the capital’s major motorways preventing good transit throughout the city forcing people to sit in traffic for almost a third of their waking hours…
    oh wait that’s already happening. Perhaps we should have been present for that decisionary hearing.

    You get the idea… training the people to get involved or suffer the consequences is a powerful motivator. Similarily if you want to pass sneaky bills, then stop dicking us so hard on income and transit and hydro and we’ll stop watching you so hard at work.

  9. Jean-Pierre Ducasse says:

    Stephen Harper is a despot. He should be charged with high treason and thrown in jail.

  10. Christopher says:

    What many “traditional” conservatives do not yet see is that their traditional conservative party has been hijacked by the Reform movement. The PC’s of today are really the reform party in a PC cloak. That is why former PC prime ministers are starting to criticize the party they once led. It is time to wake up and renounce the reform agenda…change the party from within. Although there were some ideological differences, voting to left or the right of the political spectrum was formerly not a threat to the Canada we were all once so proud of. The old PC party was ideologically “right” but was never dangerous; the new PC party is…because it is no longer the PC party. It is Harper’s personal plaything, his personal empire, and it is an entirely Reform agenda with a few nods to the old party to keep the base happy. Traditional PC voters need to look closely and see if their values are truly being represented by Harper, or are they being hijacked.

  11. Willy Wonka says:

    It should be common knowledge that all this Terrorist BS started during the aftermath of 9/11 as well as a series of false flag events that followed. Problem…Reaction ….Solution; that age old formula used by the Zionist Cabal to further their agenda of world domination…yada yada. It should, by now, be common knowledge that 9/11 was an inside job and the following inception of the Patriot Act has resulted in mass loss of freedoms within the US population all based on a lie. Canadians!!…for crying out loud open your eyes and see that we are heading down that same road with the passing of Bill C-51. There are no Terrorist other than the ones in the Shadow Government that have generated this mass hysteria over fear. Mr Harper you are in league with absolute maniacs whose sole purpose is service to self and I for one am not falling for it…..CANADIANS ARE FREE!!

  12. Andalousia says:

    @Willy Wonka… I salute you for this propos! Although English is my third language but let,s say if i have to write in my french or the other mother tongue i wold write Exactly what you are saying. I am so amized on how some (or most) of my canadian cocitizen are Under the huge Zionist propaganda.. may some would not even know what Zionizm is given this occult & fascist oligarchy. Wake up befor at least for your childrens if not for yourself. Peace upon all of you.

  13. someguy says:

    If anyone doubts that Canada has gone the way of fascism, consider the PC control being levied against the individual. We are told what to think, and how to discuss it… Any violations result in one being labeled. social and political engineering has succeeded In dis-allowing anyone to have an opinion that is “politically incorrect”.
    consider the fact that if anyone suggest looking into the ideology (Koran) behind Islam in a discussion on extremism and islamification, he/she will often be shouted down as a racist, although Islam is a religion/political/cultural movement… made up of many races.
    when the governments of the Western world are so pushing for mind control… Sounds like fascism to me

  14. Greg says:

    A great many people are opposed to this bill, which is being forced through the senate by a Prime Minister who has appointed more senators than any other in order to make sure his legislation passes with minimal opposition. What is disgusting is that the members of his political party apparently can’t stand up for themselves and represent all of the people they are supposed to. Instead we have a narrow minded PM in pursuit of one goal, pandering only to those who he thinks will re-elect him, and dividing those opposed in order to seize power in our winner-take-all electoral system. He is fully aware his part was narrowly elected by a minority and that only by dividing the vote can he regain power. This legislation, and others, which violate our constitution, and other moral imperatives, appeal only to a noisy belligerent minority of Canadian society. This has happened before in Canada, look up R.B. Bennet and Section 98.

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  16. Glenn Robinson says:

    if you read the post on the OSCE website, you will see that while the OSCE posted the legal analysis, it does not specifically endorse it. The analysis was “commissioned by the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and carried out by attorney Toby Mendel, executive director of the Centre for Law and Democracy in Nova Scotia.” The OSCE post itself has the following caveat: “The views, opinions, conclusions and other information expressed in this document are not given nor necessarily endorsed by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) unless the OSCE is explicitly defined as the Author of this document.”

  17. Emily Larocque says:

    Harper lack intelligence…no doubt afterall he was just a mail clerk…look at the difference…Tom Mulcair is a Lawyer. Mulcair is very inteligent

  18. A Smith says:

    Since 1995 Canada has seen approximately 1,185 indigenous women murdered and only 2 terrorist deaths on Canadian soil. The priorities of The Harper Government are misguided and self serving.

  19. Derek says:

    Ironically, it was a Canadian (John Humphrey) that was the principal drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1946. It makes me very sad to see this government continually stomp on our rights. We have come a long way.

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