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Bill C-51 become law before the next federal election, I will fight to make it an election issue and ensure it is repealed by the next Parliament.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 It must be repealed in its entirety.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): firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Chair – Grant Mitchell (Liberal – Alberta): email@example.com
Lynn Beyak (Conservative – Ontario) : firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean-Guy Dagenais (Conservative – Victoria, Quebec) : email@example.com
Joseph A. Day (Liberal – Saint John-Kennebecasis, NB): firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Kenny (Liberal – Rideau, Ontario): email@example.com
Thanh Hai Ngo (Conservative – Ontario): firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Stewart Olsen (Conservative – NB): email@example.com
Vernon White (Conservative – Ontario): firstname.lastname@example.org
Claude Carignan (Conservative – Mille Isles, Quebec) : email@example.com
James Cowan (Liberal – Nova Scotia): firstname.lastname@example.org
Yonah Martin (Conservative – BC): email@example.com
Joan Fraser (Liberal – De Lorimier, Quebec): firstname.lastname@example.org
I will continue to fight to stop the passage of C-51.