Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Supporters publicly abandoning Liberal Party over Trudeau’s support for Bill C-51

Social media is abuzz with images of Liberal supporters symbolically cutting up their party membership cards after their leader Justin Trudeau voted in favour of Bill C-51 at the anti-terrorism legislation’s third reading in the House of Commons. Disillusioned supporters

Bill C-51: Denying Canadians their legitimate right to privacy

By Rathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP MP, Scarborough—Rouge River, ON [Photo Credit: Pirate Party of Canada] 12 Canadian privacy commissioners have publicly criticized Bill C-51, but not one privacy commissioner was invited to appear before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and

Bill C-51: Giving up liberty for little less safety

By Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party and MP for Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC This is not an ordinary debate, this is not an ordinary bill, and this is not about politics any more. This is about the soul of the country

Vote for Harper and reward contempt for democracy

By Michael Nabert Having the first and only Prime Minister in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament running the country seems a lot like having a daycare run by someone publicly proud of the fact that they

Bill C-51 and the Charter: What the father giveth, the son giveth away

By Michael Nabert Don’t get me wrong, I understand the cynical reason why Justin Trudeau hasn’t come out harshly against this hideous bill to eviscerate Canadian rights and turn us into a police state. Hoping to draw more voters from

Bill C-51 means return to out-of-control state surveillance, postal workers warn

The union representing 51,000 postal workers, which has a lengthy history of allegedly being spied upon by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the RCMP, warned that Conservative government’s sweeping anti-terrorism legislation Bill C-51 would bring back the days

Niqab is none of my business, two thirds of Canadians say

Even though the majority of Canadians feel uncomfortable around women wearing the niqab, nearly two thirds of Canadians believe that whether a woman wears a niqab is none of their business as it is a matter of personal choice, according

Galati appeals “citizenship is not a right” ruling

Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati has appealed Federal Court’s dismissal of his challenge against Harper government’s new Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act that allows the citizenship minister to to revoke the citizenship of natural-born and naturalized Canadian citizens, where the presiding judge

Are we going to be safer when Bill C-51 criminalizes peaceful protests against injustice?

By Joanna Kerr Executive Director, Greenpeace Canada In my global roles as chief executive of ActionAid International, policy director with Oxfam Canada, and now with Greenpeace, I have seen first-hand the power of protest and dissent in effecting real, transformative

Support for Bill C-51 tumbles in the face of increasing awareness

Support for Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism bill has decreased from 82% a month ago to 38% as awareness of Bill C-51 increased, according to a new poll. Half the respondents of the Forum Research poll opposed the bill, while 12%