The Liberals made some big and bold promises about addressing C-51 (among other things) and they still haven’t gotten around to making any solid changes when it comes to the controversial bill which formally became law a long time ago. Trudeau told Canadians that he valued their liberty and freedom, but then his party turned around and helped the Conservatives pass through C-51 to adoption.
The public hasn’t let-up, they are still angry about C-51, many don’t feel it is necessary and they want to see it fully scrapped. But before that takes place it looks like the public might get a formal review launched on the matter before Parliament resumes this fall. Even though civil liberties experts have warned that amendments will not be enough.
But what more could possibly be said about this piece of legislation which already hasn’t been said? Not only is the general public upset about this bill, but those who have dedicated their lives to studying Canadian Constitutional law have perpetually warned the public against this bill and the dangers that it poses in eroding civil liberties and due process. A lawsuit has been launched against it in court on the grounds that it violates the Charter. Not only that, but there have been former security and policing professionals themselves, along with hundreds of Canadian lawyers, who have all said that C-51 isn’t necessary in fighting the risk of terrorism.
The Liberals have said that they would overhaul what they thought were problematic portions of the bill, but some are wondering if anything effective will ever be achieved when it comes to following through on that promise. And for many, simply scrapping certain portions isn’t enough, they wan’t to see it gone entirely. The press secretary for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goode has confirmed that such a formal review will likely soon take place.
Those who want to see C-51 stick around weren’t slow to start bringing up the recent example of the Aaron Driver supposed foil terror plot that recently took place as an example for the need of the new powers.
Rona Ambrose said that she salutes the law enforcement officers involved, but does she also salute the officers who recently were found guilty of entrapment, placing the lives of many Canadians at risk? Ambrose says that C-51 is an essential investigative tool, but many lawyers, judges, and security professionals would disagree with her. Even former Prime Ministers of Canada would and have disagreed with the notion that C-51 is needed. It will be interesting to see what comes of the review this fall, it won’t be surprising if it isn’t anything of significance.