Part 1 enacts the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act, which authorizes Government of Canada institutions to disclose information to Government of Canada institutions that have jurisdiction or responsibilities in respect of activities that undermine the security of Canada. It also makes related amendments to other Acts.
Why Bill C-51 is a threat to aboriginal rights
Disputes relating to indigenous peoples should not be criminalized, especially through anti-terrorism legislation. Indigenous peoples are human rights defenders and our issues often include environmental, natural resource development and other essential concerns. For example, in Quebec, the James Bay Crees continue to oppose uranium mining, but such democratic protest is fully accepted by the provincial government. We are not being criminalized or spied upon. Bill C-51 could change this.
C-51, controversial anti-terrorism bill, is now law. So, what changes?
There's concern at how much this new offence could impact the right to free speech. The bill is targeted at people who encourage or promote "the commission of terrorism offences in general." Opponents argue this definition is neither defined nor clear, leading to differing interpretations and wrongful use of the law.
“The visual representation of the increased privacy violations we face provides a startling reminder of the dangerous surveillance infrastructures that can go easily unnoticed, the CJFE said in a statement.
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Bill C-51 is a Threat to Reconciliation
It is ironic that the same week the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was closing in Ottawa, the federal government’s new security bill, C-51, passed Parliament. With talk of reconciliation from many perspectives and much public dialogue about a new relationship with indigenous peoples in Canada, the majority of Canada’s members of Parliament voted in a bill that impedes reconciliation and threatens our fundamental rights.
Queer Ontario Consultations on The Anti Terrorism Act Bill C-51
Accomplishing this success, which was met with tremendous resistance and had been the major focus of CLGRO for 12 years, enabled us to lobby for and eventually win recognition federally in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Resistance to these accomplishments within Canadian society continues. We see the Anti-Terrorism Act 2015-Bill C-51 as an example of that resistance and an effort to undermine the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In my post titled Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Bill Fails Accountability Test dated February 22, 2015, I closed with the report in The Globe and Mail of February 20, 2015, that the Prime Minister sees no need for more oversight of the new powers that would be given to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) under Bill C-51. During the past week, the Conservatives remained inflexible in the face of mounting public criticism.