Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Bill C-24 and the compromise of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

By H.Grant Timms Already, and across a broad spectrum of political opinion, there has been condemnation for bill C-24, the Harper government’s “Strengthening of Canadian Citizenship Act”, which came into full force on June 11 after being given Royal Assent

Harper government dismantling democracy, rights coalition says

Abuse of parliamentary rules, the intimidation of public servants, the defunding and intimidation of organizations that hold views at odds with the government, and muzzling independent watchdogs are just some of Harper government’s alleged attempts at eroding democratic values in

Harper wants to control Canada by keeping Canadians ignorant and afraid, scientist says

Stephen Harper is muzzling scientists and bringing legislation like Bill C-51 because the Prime Minister wants to keep Canadians ignorant and afraid, according to Simon Fraser University Professor Lynne Quarmby. “I was arrested for an act of civil disobedience,” the

Bill C-51 and the Conservative culture of contempt

By H. Grant Timms The debate on Bill C-51, distilled into its simplest form, seems to go something like this. On one side the government and its supporters, borrowing from the rhetoric of the American right, insists that there are

Bill C-51 incompatible with Canada’s commitment to constitutional supremacy and rule of law

Sukanya Pillay, General Counsel and Executive Director, Canadian Civil Liberties Association Bill C-51 creates new laws and amends existing laws to create new powers and crimes. One of these new laws is the security of Canada information sharing act, which

Rocco Galati vows to challenge C-51 in court, urges Canadians to vote against parties supporting the bill

Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati vowed to challenge Harper government’s anti-terror legislation in court and called on Canadians to vote against candidates of any party supporting Bill C-51 at the next election. Speaking at rally against Bill C-51 in Toronto, Galati,

Bill C-51: Canada’s new McCarthy era where advocating for action against climate change is terrorism

John Bennett, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Canada First, I’d like to acknowledge the terrible incidents that took place last fall here in Ottawa and in Quebec and share our deepest sympathies for the families. We are very much aware

Canada unites in protest to stop “insidious, deceitful, and totalitarian” Bill C-51

Canadians from coast to coast are holding rallies in a bid to stop Bill C-51 calling Conservative government’s anti-terror legislation “insidious, deceitful, and totalitarian” The National Convergence event is happening Ottawa with a march parliament beginning from from the Canadian

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),

No longer a matter of public trust: Why Canadians want a truly democratic participatory voice for the future

By Canadians for a Coalition NDP-Green Party Government Many Canadians from all over the country are increasingly voicing frustration with federal politics. On social media, in particular, this frustration has generated debate and given voice to increasing dissatisfaction with the