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Breaking: Forum Poll reveals huge swing against Secret Police Bill C-51, with majority of Canadians now opposing the bill

Canadians oppose Bill C-51 by 50% to 38%; two-thirds of Liberals oppose the bill despite Trudeau’s support; opposition to the bill has tripled in the six weeks since it was first announced.

  • More than two thirds of Canadians (69%) are now aware of the legislation.

  • 66% of Liberals oppose the bill, with just 22% in favour - adding pressure on Justin Trudeau to rethink his stance on the legislation.

  • Opposition is strongest in B.C. (61%), Atlantic Canada (60%), Manitoba/Saskatchewan (58%), and Ontario (51%). In the government’s electoral stronghold of Alberta, 40% oppose the bill.

  • There is strong opposition to specific parts of Bill C-51:

    • 62% disapprove of allowing security services to “infiltrate, investigate and disrupt” opponents of government policy. Just 28% approve.

    • 52% disapprove of the fact that the legislation makes no provision for parliamentary oversight of the security services.

  • More than 4 in 5 Canadians want to change Bill C-51 - just 19% want to pass the bill as written. 34% want to see more oversight, while 38% want to fight the bill unless it’s changed significantly. 46% of Conservatives want to see either more oversight or significant changes.

  • “These remarkable polling numbers prove that the more Canadians learn about Bill C-51, the less they like it,” said David Christopher, communications manager for OpenMedia. “Opposition to this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective legislation is surging across Canada, as awareness spreads about how it would undermine our privacy and democratic freedoms.”

    Christopher continued: “We all know that Stephen Harper’s government is hopelessly out of touch with Canadians when it comes to privacy. But this poll should also prompt Justin Trudeau to reconsider his stance. With over two-thirds of his party’s supporters opposing this legislation, isn’t it time Justin Trudeau showed he can listen to Canadians, instead of backing government attempts to ram this extreme legislation through Parliament at breakneck pace?”

    Over 92,500 Canadians have now spoken out about Bill C-51 at


    About OpenMedia

    OpenMedia is a network of people and organizations working to safeguard the possibilities of the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy.

    Through campaigns such as and, has engaged over half-a-million Canadians, and has influenced public policy and federal law.


    About’s privacy campaign led the successful campaign that forced the government to back down on its plans to introduce a costly, invasive, and warrantless online spying law (Bill C-30). Nearly 150,000 Canadians took part in the campaign. To learn more, see this infographic.

    Last October, joined with over 60 major organizations and over a dozen academic experts to form the Protect Our Privacy Coalition, which is the largest pro-privacy coalition in Canadian history. The Coalition is calling for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against intrusion by government entities.



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