Letters: Worried about C-51? You’re probably a terrorist

As Canadians become aware of its intent, opposition to Stephen Harper’s odious Secret Police Act (Bill C-51) is growing rapidly.

Dear Editor:

 

I’d like to begin my response to the fear-mongering letter submitted by MP Dave Wilks last week (Valley Echo, March 18th) by pointing out that, as Canadians become aware of its intent, opposition to Stephen Harper’s odious Secret Police Act (Bill C-51) is growing rapidly.

As an ex-RCMP, Mr. Wilks will be fully aware that rights lawyers have declared there are already laws in place that can and have effectively dealt with domestic terrorist threats. And that the new law would give reckless and unnecessary powers to spy agencies and the RCMP, including the ability to detain people who haven’t committed any crime, with minimal oversight or democratic accountability.

What about a group of peacenik mum-and-dad protesters who could conveniently be labeled terrorists because their actions can be interpreted by the new law as upsetting “the economic or financial stability of Canada”? Or a peaceful logging blockade by First Nations, or environmentalists obstructing a pipeline route, or a separatist demonstration in Quebec that fails to get a proper permit — they could all be seen as threats to national security and individuals arrested on mere suspicion of future dangerousness.

The Canadian Bar Association, which represents more than 36,000 lawyers, has written to parliamentarians to warn that this legislation is dangerous — as have four former prime ministers, six former Supreme Court judges, Conrad Black, Rex Murphy, MPs Tom Mulcair and Elizabeth May, ex-CSIS officials, the federal Privacy Commissioner, Amnesty International, the Assembly of First Nations, which have been echoed by the editorial positions of the Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star, and a host of other organizations. Are they all terrorists?

Mr. Wilks, as our elected representative, here’s your chance to step up to the plate and let our manipulative leader know the majority of us (over 55 per cent as of a week ago) are truly afraid — afraid of the reckless use of legislation that would deprive Canadians of liberties without increasing our safety. May our country remain strong AND free.

 

Pat Morrow

Wilmer

Just Posted

The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read