Should Bill C-51 become law before the next federal election, I will fight to make it an election issue and ensure it is repealed by the next Parliament. The bill passed third reading in the House of Commons on May 6, 2015.
I was the first opposition leader and first Member of Parliament to oppose C-51, and have been its most outspoken critic in the House of Commons. The Green Party presented 60 amendments to Bill C-51 during the committee stage, all of which were defeated.
Bill C-51 will not make Canadians safer. It will do the opposite. According to security experts, changing CSIS from an intelligence gathering role into a secret police force empowered to “disrupt threats” could well lead to the kind of interagency confusion that allowed the Air India attack in 1984. The RCMP should disrupt threats, CSIS should gather intelligence, and both need oversight.
Bill C-51 cannot be fixed. It must be repealed in its entirety. I will make this an election issue, and push the Liberal Party and NDP to commit to repealing this dangerous legislation. So far, they have failed to do so.
I encourage all Canadians to continue speaking out against Bill C-51. You can also write your Senator to request they do not vote the bill into law. Particularly, the Senators who sit on the National Security and Defence Committee (contact info below) still have the opportunity to reject each and every clause of C-51:
Chair – Daniel Lang (Conservative – Yukon): email@example.com
Deputy Chair – Grant Mitchell (Liberal – Alberta): firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Beyak (Conservative – Ontario) : email@example.com
Jean-Guy Dagenais (Conservative – Victoria, Quebec) : firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph A. Day (Liberal – Saint John-Kennebecasis, NB): email@example.com
Colin Kenny (Liberal – Rideau, Ontario): firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanh Hai Ngo (Conservative – Ontario): email@example.com
Carolyn Stewart Olsen (Conservative – NB): firstname.lastname@example.org
Vernon White (Conservative – Ontario): email@example.com
Claude Carignan (Conservative – Mille Isles, Quebec) : firstname.lastname@example.org
James Cowan (Liberal – Nova Scotia): email@example.com
Yonah Martin (Conservative – BC): firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Fraser (Liberal – De Lorimier, Quebec): email@example.com
I will continue to fight to stop the passage of C-51.