To: Our MPs and Party Leaders
Prime Minister Harper is trying to pass a new “secret police” law, Bill C-51, that would give reckless and unnecessary powers to spy agencies with little oversight or accountability. Let’s defend our democracy – tell party leaders and MPs to reject fear, stop this bill and start over with real oversight.
We call on MPs to reject Stephen Harper’s fear campaign and stop the bill, unless it’s amended to:
— Include strong safeguards for Canadians, including a dedicated, high-level Parliamentary committee to oversee our spy agencies.
— Strip out the attacks on civil liberties, including the sweeping expansion of spy powers, criminalization of speech, and preventative arrest for those who have committed no crime.
— Clarify the vague parts of the bill, to be certain it will only be used to target people who pose a violent threat to the lives and physical security of people