Patriot Act 3 before the Senate
The Senate is holding hearings into Bill C-7 the latest piece of
Canada's police state legislation. This bill is the third version of
it that they have tried to pass over the last 2 years: it was C-42
then C-55 then C-17, now called C-7.
This bill is horrific: it gives unlimited power without parliamentary
review to 8 different ministers in the form of interim orders,
with an explicit exemption from the orders
being examined for their legality or constitutionality. It
gives these orders under the Quarantine Act, and provides National
Defense with a reserve pool of military judges
to prepare for the event of martial law,
so it's truly frightening; all of us who have examined the bill feel
it must be stopped by any means, although we recognize that stopping
legislation in the Senate is rare and very difficult.
The bureaucrats have been testifying all week before the committee,
and the questions from the Senators clearly showed that there are a
number who are strongly and weakly opposed to it, as well as 2
strongly pushing it (Day and the Chair: Fraser). So that means that
there is the possibility, albeit very slim, of stopping the
Unfortunately, some of the Senators who are the most opposed are not
on the Transport committee (Andreuchuk, Beaudoin); the government
stacked the deck by sending it to the
Transport committee instead of Legal and Constitutional Affairs where
it belongs, but would have a much rougher ride.
Canadians, please take urgent action to let the Senators know of your
concerns: the committee meet Monday to hear the Ministers involved
make their sales pitch. Some of the questions you should be looking
for answers to include:
Why is the Senate considering giving 8
different Ministers the Executive power on their sole authority to
issue Interim Orders in lieu of laws without first consulting
Parliament, and exempts the Orders from being even examined in advance
for their legality or constitutionality?
Why does the government want to establish
a reserve pool of military judges in the event of martial law?
Why is the Senate considering
reintroducing searches without warrant?
Can the Interim Orders under the
Quarantine Act be used to order forced vaccinations and/or internment
as in the US Homeland Security Act?
Why does the government want to remove
the protections of the Privacy Act of their personal data collected
by the government within Canada?
Why does the government want to give the
personal data of Canadian travelers without any control on how the
information will be used? If you are black-listed in the United
States, will you be black-listed from flying in Canada? What can you
do about it if you are?
What is the demonstrable need for Big
Brother databases in a free and democratic society? Why does the USA
get all the personal data of Canadians even when they are not flying
to the US?
Please call, email and fax all of the Senators on the Transport
Joan Fraser (Chair, L) T: 613-943-9556 F: 943-9558
Leonard Gustafson (PC) T: 613-947-2233 F: 947-2235
Willie Adams (L) T: 613-992-2753 F: 996-9163
Eymard Corbin (L) T: 613-996-8485 F: 995-8432
Joseph Day (L) T: 613-992-0833
John Eyton (PC) T: 613-943-1460 F: 943-1495
B Alistair Graham (L) T: 992-3770 F: 995-5217 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobina Jaffer (L) T: 613-992-0189 F: 992-0673
Janis Johnson (PC) T: 613-943-1430 F: 992-5029
Laurier LaPierre (L) T: 613-992-0081 F: 992-0087
Gerard Phalen (L) T: 613-996-4680
Mira Spivak (Ind) T: 613-995-1488 F: 992-2912
as well as the Minister responsible for the Senate who is pushing
Sharon Carstairs (L) T: 613-947-7123 F: 947-7125
For more questions, see our submission to the Committee:
For more questions about the Committee, see:
At the URL below is a list of
all the areas being affected by Bill C-7.----It is a 'MUST READ'.