Mulcair called out the Liberal and Conservative leaders for their continuing support for Bill C-51, the anti-democracy law passed last spring.
“The only party that stood on a question of principle against Bill C-51 was the NDP,” Mulcair said. Both Trudeau and Harper re-stated their support for C-51.
CUPE has been a strident opponent of C-51, which we believe has tremendous potential for abuse. Among CUPE’s concerns:
- Bill C-51 adds a new offence to the Criminal Code that will limit Canadians’ freedom of speech.
- Bill C-51 fundamentally changes the mandate of CSIS. Instead of only collecting information, CSIS gets the new power to take “measures” to “reduce a threat to the security of Canada.” without civilian or government oversight.
- Bill C-51 expands the powers of law enforcement agencies to detain people as a preventative measure.
Bill C-51 violates personal privacy by allowing government departments to share personal information. This means that health, income tax and other information can be shared with law enforcement agencies.