Whether it is a religious, an environmental or and an aboriginal issue it is conceivable that people could be arrested for actions or speech which might be likely to cause economic or political problems.
The former head of the Security Information Review Committee(SIRC) which acts as a watchdog to the spy agency described the proposed bill as a “constitutional mess”.
"Canadian judges are fiercely independent, and are not agents of the government who can be mandated to authorize measures at all costs to protect against terrorist threats." CBC News
The chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, has already announced that if the bill is passed they will be mounting a court challenge citing a failure to properly consult with First Nations people. Joanna Kerr speaking on behalf of Greenpeace, Canada expressed her concern that peaceful but not necessarily law abiding protesters would be targeted. She asked the question as to whether women in Canada would yet have the vote if they hadn’t protested. In the present, those who advocate for habitat protection, clean water and the like could be branded terrorists.
The responsible Canadians who have objected to this C-51 Bill are too many to name. The Canadian privacy commissioner and three former prime ministers have been excluded from the hearings leading up to what looks like a slam dunk passing of a very flawed law.
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