Is Canada still free and democratic?

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews denigrated individuals that dared to question the intent and privacy concerns of Bill C-30.

Don’t you feel a swell of pride or does it just make you sick when you see the lack of professionalism and integrity of our elected Canadian federal Conservative politicians.

Take for example Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who denigrated individuals that dared to question the intent and privacy concerns of Bill C-30 with the ridiculous statement, “either stand with us or with the child pornographers.”

This from a man that it turns out does not know what the bill even says or means. Comments by the minister suggest he was surprised by some of the bills’ contents and will seek an explanation for wording in section 17 of Bill C-30, which outlines “exceptional circumstances” under which any police officer (or politician or anyone they appoint) can request an Internet service provider turn over customer information without a warrant.

It turns out this public servant does not even know what his own bill says, and he has the nerve to demean anyone daring to question a bill that represents a serious departure and invasion of Canadians’ civil and human rights, not to mention privacy laws. I can only hope that the rest of the Conservatives do not understand Bill C-30 either, as not one of them questioned the legitimacy of their brand new Big Brother bill.

When I see the arrogant, reckless, unprofessional, and heavy-handed attitude this government has toward Canadian citizens’ democratic rights and freedoms, it makes me fear for Canada’s traditional status as a free and democratic country that used to be governed by the rule of law not the rule of dictatorship.

The truth is 99.9 per cent of Canadians are not terrorists so stop treating us like them.


Wayne Clark

Surrey North Delta Leader