Letter to the editor 1, Nov. 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

This is an open letter to Jamie Nicholls NDP MP Vaudreuil-Dorion Peter MacKay’s Online Spying Bill C-13 will enable authorities to monitor the private lives of innocent Canadians, without any real oversight. It will give telecom providers legal immunity for handing over your private information to the government without a warrant and without any oversight.

That means people harmed wouldn’t even have the right to sue. Victims of these privacy breaches wouldn’t even be informed - that means the government could spy on anyone, at any time, and you wouldn’t even know when you’ve been a victim. C-13 is hugely unpopular: 73 per cent of Canadians oppose Bill C-13, with just 15 per cent approving.

There is huge opposition among all regions, age groups, genders, and income levels. Conservatives oppose Bill C-13 by 62 per cent to 24 per cent. The government recently cut Parliamentary debate on C-13 short, showing it is running scared of Canadians, including thousands of its own supporters who are speaking out against on line spying.

The Bill was rammed through the House of Commons and will soon be voted on by the Senate. The Senate prides itself on being a chamber of sober second thought, and if ever a bill needed a sober rethink it’s this one. The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that warrantless government requests for private information are unconstitutional.

As things stand, C-13 effectively encourages unconstitutional behaviour. It would be reckless and irresponsible for Parliament to pass C-13 in its current form, especially as it could cost Canadian taxpayers millions to defend in the courts. Privacy is a fundamental right in any healthy democracy. By spying on us and collecting our private information in giant databases, the government is doing huge damage to Canadian democracy.

Sincerely John Davis

Vaudreuil-Dorion

Sincerely John Davis

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