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Breaking - We want a restart to flawed Bill C-51, not tinkering

Anderson continued: “Let me be clear about one thing: this would never have happened without over 100,000 people speaking out in one of the largest campaigns in Canadian history. It’s time for the government to go back to the drawing board, and properly consult Canadians, including their own privacy commissioner, about the implications of this bill.”

Full details about the proposed amendments have not been disclosed but according to the CBC, the amendments will:

  1. Limit the number of protests that would be subject to the security and surveillance measures set out in the bill.

  2. Clarify language to make clear that CSIS agents will not have the power of arrest.

While the full list of amendments have yet to be reported, it looks like the Conservatives have not committed to addressing the following important issues:

  1. Parliamentary oversight that is consistent with what our global counterparts have

  2. Meaningful judicial safeguards regarding information disclosure on law-abiding Canadians.

  3. Several other amendments proposed by experts here.

Considering the huge number of amendments suggested by experts it is unlikely the Conservatives will satisfy those calling for change in Bill C-51.

Until the government commits to a full restart of the legislation Canadians will continue to speak up at:

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