Elizabeth May pleased with C-51 committee report, but urges government to go further

On Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 in Press Releases

Elizabeth May, released the following statement regarding today’s tabling of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security’s Report on Bill C-51:

“The Committee has done an excellent job in cataloguing the many, many flaws of the Harper administration’s now infamous Bill C-51. I am pleased that several of the ideas I presented in my brief to the Committee were included in the final recommendations, including:

  • reducing the scope of CSIS kinetic powers, especially the most egregious power to violate the Charter;
  • increasing the scope and resources of national security review bodies;
  • removing the egregiously overbroad terminology ‘terrorism in general’; and
  • enhancing the redress program for the no-fly list.

“However, it is also clear to me that the Government can and must go further to undo the damage of C-51. There are only two explicit repeals recommended in this report – s.12.1(3) of the CSIS Act and the two-court system for criminal cases under the Canada Evidence Act. My recommendation was to repeal entirely sections 1, 3, 4 and 5 while modifying section 2 of C-51. Without a full repeal and replace strategy, the government risks building their national security policy on a deeply flawed foundation. We are also left with a set of laws that risk violating the fundamental liberties of all Canadians. I urge the Government to take this report as a floor, not a ceiling, of what is possible in undoing the harms of C-51.”

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