Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Private Members Bill to be Introduced to Repeal C-51

Although I haven't been posting to this blog, it isn't because I haven't been watching for news to share with you. There just hasn't been that much. The Liberals' election promise to hold nationwide consultations about how to modify our anti-terror laws remains unfulfilled almost a year after the election, and despite a claim that this was at the top of their agenda after the election. Which is disturbing given that the new CSIS powers have been in operation this whole time, we know they have been used, but few details other than that are available. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression filed a Charter challenge over a year ago, but that remains mired in a court process awaiting a reply from the government.

The most promising news is that MP Randall Garrison is reported to be preparing to present a private member's bill to repeal C-51. CPAC has a page that is supposed to include video of a news conference where he discusses this, but the video doesn't seem to be working for me. I've sent him an email asking for more information, and will post when I learn more.