Saturday, May 2, 2015

C-51 Being Pushed Through the House by Tuesday

Just had this delivered to my inbox...

That, in relation to Bill C-51, An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, not more than one further sitting day shall be allotted to the consideration at report stage of the Bill and one sitting day shall be allotted to the consideration at third reading stage of the said Bill; and
That, 15 minutes before the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders on the day allotted to the consideration at report stage and on the day allotted to the consideration at third reading stage of the said Bill, any proceedings before the House shall be interrupted, if required for the purpose of this Order, and in turn every question necessary for the disposal of the stage of the Bill then under consideration shall be put forthwith and successively without further debate or amendment.

Monday, we will conclude the report stage debate of Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. Our Conservative government takes all threats to the security of Canada and Canadians very seriously.
That is why we are moving forward with Bill C-51 and the crucial provisions contained in it to protect our national security. Third reading of this important bill will take place Tuesday.(source)
In other words, if you want to get something said or done about C-51 while it's still possible for your elected representatives to vote against it, your deadline is Tuesday. So talk to your MP, and communicate with as many other people as you can reach. Once it goes to the Senate, there's the possibility that it could be defeated, but I'm not optimistic.

If this bill passes, please don't forget that it happened and move on to other things. Come election time, remember. I will be posting who voted for and against, once the votes take place, so that you can hold your elected representative appropriately accountable (or make it a positive for them, electorally, to have voted against).