Despite the opposition of hundreds of thousands of Canadians, the anti-terrorism law Bill C-51 was passed with little public consultation or consideration of its impact.
Bill C-51 violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has disturbing implications for free speech, privacy and civil liberties. This dangerous legislation can and does affect all Canadians, every day.
Why it Matters
Bill C-51, Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act 2015, has been widely criticized by experts and Canadians across the country as being reckless, dangerous and ineffective. This fundamentally flawed law will detrimentally impact our social framework, democratic values and fundamental rights Bill C-51’s sweeping measures and tactics compromise the rights and freedoms that are valued by Canadians and critical to a free and healthy democratic society. Bill C-51 must be repealed.
How things are Going
The Liberal Government has announced upcoming parliamentary consultations on C-51 (and national security in general). This is a joint initiative between the Ministry for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Department of Justice and the Department of National Defence. The consultation period runs between September 8th and Dec. 1st, 2016.
The consultations will have two components:
1) an online component where you can detail your concerns to the government in writing.
2) a series of in-person consultations run by individual Members of Parliament in ridings across Canada.
As soon as information is available, we will be updating this page with a list of in-person consultations so Canadians have the opportunity to attend and voice their opinions about C-51.
The government also released two supporting documents for the consultation:
What you can do