This letter is in response to law proposals regarding the safety of Canada and its surveillance. What’s wrong with our current use of Part 2, section 46 of the Canadian Criminal Code?: Offences against public order. Offences against the Queen’s Authority or Person “…conducting acts preparatory for war, assists an enemy…acting prejudicial to the safety of Canada…”I believe we have sufficient rules and regulations now.
We have rules in place without C-51, that cover doing harm or conspiring to do harm. So why the additional laws? Any reasonable judge can issue a writ or the like, based on that. So I can’t say I truly understand the need and what happens if a fellow like Arthur Porter (soon to have an accident) gets involved.
Security is required, yes but do we have more than hope to chart the course? Will the targets of this law blow back and forth in the sails of political ambiguity? What happened to the Padlock laws? We don’t have difficulty spying on Greenpeace so what is the legal problem with looking into nefarious pressure cookers and railroad track conspiracies now?
Since the conspiracies of the Fenians we’ve had law and precedent on the books, not to mention in particular after the burning of certain barns in a certain Province when restraint was lax and enthusiasm was not curbed. Can the Senate step in and provide some second thoughts?
Roy Berger, Mississauga, Ontario
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