Stop Secret Police Bill C-51

Stop Secret Police Bill C-51

against Bill C-51

The government is about to ram through a reckless, dangerous and ineffective "Secret Police" law called Bill C-51. 

Tell the government to stop Bill C-51 before it's too late.

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We have to stop C-51 because it is:

1. Reckless: It turns CSIS into what The Globe and Mail describes as a ‘secret police’ force with little oversight or accountability.1

2. Dangerous: It opens the door for violations of our Charter Rights2 including censorship of free expression online.3

3. Ineffective: It will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even Stephen Harper has admitted is ineffective.4,5
 

*Add your voice before innocent Canadians are harmed.

 

If the bill passes, no less than 17 government agencies and even foreign governments will also have access to your sensitive private information.

We're talking about sensitive information that can reveal everything from your financial status, to your medical history, your sexual orientation, and even your religious and political beliefs.

 

The Latest Updates

Over 200,000 are speaking up to #RejectFear and #StopC51 - thanks, Canada! Our joint petition against spying Bill C-51 has reached an incredible 200,000 signatures. Thanks to everyone for speaking up and sending the government a clear message that this Bill is reckless, dangerous, and ineffective. We would never have reached this point were it now for thousands of Canadians taking action to spread the word in local communities right across this country. This makes our #StopC51 campaign one of the largest ever in Canadian history! Learn more here.


60 leading Canadian business people, investors, and entrepreneurs are speaking out to warn the government that Bill C-51 will cause serious harm to Canada's economy. Check out their joint letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. If you're a business person and you'd like to sign on, you can add your name at StopC51.ca/Business


Check out these amazing photos from Saturday's #RejectFear #StopC51 events that took place from Halifax to Victoria - and be sure to tweet your photos to #StopC51.


Events are taking place across Canada on Saturday to #RejectFear and #StopC51: A wide range of outreach events and petition drives are taking place right across Canada tomorrow, to speak out against the government's reckless Bill C-51. Check out this blog post for a full listing and to find your local event. We're encouraging everyone to tweet their photos of tomorrow using #StopC51. Download our ready-to-print petition here (PDF), and check out these simple guidelines to help you collect signatures in your local community. We’ve even built a tool to make it easy for you to add the signatures you collect at OpenMedia.ca/PetitionDrive


Wow!!! Over 12,000 people wrote to their MP about Bill C-51 yesterday! And today we're taking the next step: thousands of Canadians will phone their MP's office to tell them to vote against C-51. Our partners at Leadnow.ca have built an amazing tool - complete with talking points - to make this easy. Check it out right now at www.leadnow.ca/rejectfear-call-together-om/ - it's crucial we each take a moment to add to the pressure right now, as we've just received confirmation that the House of Commons will be debating C-51 next week. Check out the tool at www.leadnow.ca/rejectfear-call-together-om/ and speak out today!


Wondering how Bill C-51 will affect you in your everyday life? Our friends at Canadian Journalists for Free Expression have pulled together an excellent article outlining just what Bill C-51 will mean for all of us. TL;DR: it will undermine our privacy, censor our free expression, and cause huge damage to our democratic rights. The full piece is well worth reading - please check it out at https://cjfe.org/blog/top-6-ways-you-will-be-affected-bill-c-51 and remember to share it widely with everyone you know on Facebook and Twitter.


Some of Canada’s most marginalized citizens could be disproportionately impacted by the government’s reckless Bill C-51. Learn more by checking out this piece from our friends at the National Council for Canadian Muslims entitled Who has the most to fear from Bill C-51?


"Bill C-51 is complex, dangerous, and poses a serious threat to free expression in Canada". That's the conclusion of a powerful piece in today's Huffington Post from our partners at Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. Check the piece out for yourself: Bill C-51 poses a serious threat to Free Expression in Canada


Our Week of Education is in full swing, and thousands of Canadians are using our Letter to the Editor tool to warn their local communities about how Bill C-51 will affect our daily lives. Dozens of letters are already getting published from coast to coast. Check out this round-up of some of the best letters we've spotted to date, and don't miss out: Make your voice heard using our Letter Tool right now.


Our Thunderclap launching our Week of Education was a huge success! With support from thousands of Canadians, including renowned author Margaret Atwood and tech entrepreneur Tim Bray, we made a ton of noise and reached an incredible 1.9 MILLION people.


Find events happening in your area. Community groups are organizing events taking place all across Canada. Find one near you in our directory here.


Join our Week of Education Facebook group. You can invite your friends, post messages, and take part in any activity that helps educate your fellow residents of Canada. Join us here

 

 

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Footnotes:

[1] Parliament must reject Harper’s secret policeman bill. Source: The Globe and Mail.

[2] Bill C-51 threatens to sacrifice liberty for security. Source: Toronto Star.

[3] Bill C-51: Think Inside the Box. Source: The Canadian Constitution Foundation. Voices-Voix's study also notes that measures in C-51 could have "serious and far reaching effects that would curtail legitimate free expression" and that, "the threat disruption measures may violate Canadian law or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms"

[4] “Total Information Awareness”: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Bill C-51. Source: Michael Geist.

[5] "We don't use metadata as a surveillance tool" - PM Harper. Source: YouTube. More than 100 academics also published an open letter to Members of Parliament noting that, "knowledgeable analysts have made cogent arguments not only that Bill C-51 may turn out to be ineffective in countering terrorism by virtue of what is omitted from the bill, but also that Bill C-51 could actually be counter-productive in that it could easily get in the way of effective policing, intelligence-gathering and prosecutorial activity."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press: David Christopher | Cell: 1-778-232-1858 | Office: 1-604-633-2744 | david@openmedia.org