Bill C-51, the federal government’s controversial new "secret police" law, is a sweeping piece of legislation that will undermine our civil liberties and enable government agencies to share your sensitive data with no oversight and no accountability. Despite widespread condemnation of the bill, the federal government pushed through the legislation in May 2015.
“Canadians should not be forced to unnecessarily choose between security and liberty," says Paul Finch, BCGEU treasurer. "Bill C-51 is an attack on unions, union members, other civil society groups, and needs to be stopped.”
Opposition to the bill includes a growing number of prominent Canadians and diverse organizations including former Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, Joe Clark, John Turner, five former Supreme Court justices, former privacy commissioners, Amnesty International, Council of Canadians, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, David Suzuki Foundation, the Official Opposition New Democratic Party, the Green Party, and more than 100 law professors across Canada.
Canadians should not have to choose between security and their rights. Reject these scare tactics. Bill C-51 is reckless, irresponsible, dangerously vague and ineffective. The bill must be repealed.
Photos: BCGEU Treasurer Paul Finch interviewed by CBC News (above) and Global BC News (below) at Vancouver's National Day of Action Against Bill C-51 on March 14, 2015.