In June, the Canadian government rammed through a "secret police" Bill C-51 that is:
1. Reckless: It turns CSIS into a ‘secret police’ force with little oversight or accountability.
3. Ineffective: It will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even Stephen Harper has admitted is ineffective.
Even The Globe and Mail has warned that Bill C-51 will create "secret police" in Canada.
Now that the bill has passed, 17 government agencies and even foreign governments will have access to your sensitive private information.
We're talking about sensitive information that can reveal everything from your financial status, to your medical history, your sexual orientation, and even your religious and political beliefs.
This bill disproportionately targets indigenous communities, environmental activists, dissidents, and Muslims, many of whom are already subjected to questionable and overreaching powers by security officials. This bill will make it easier and ostensibly lawful for government to continue infringing upon the rights of peaceful people.
What can we do about it?
We need to tell each Prime Minister Trudeau to Kill Bill C-51 that Canadians demand to be heard.
We will only get one chance to make this right. We need to ensure that Canadians are in the driver seat throughout the process to undo the troubling legacy of C-51.
Prime Minister Trudeau needs to hear from you right now. We need to show our numbers are growing. Email the Prime Minister and tell him that you want to be heard.
National Council of Canadian Muslims: Who has the most to fear from Bill C-51? (by Amira Elghawaby)