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C-59 - The Fix For C-51 Or Not? Some Good, Much Still Bad So Not Really

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Many large political promises were made by the Trudeau Liberals during the 2015 campaign. Some of them have been ejected appearing to have never been a serious offer, while others have already been implemented with mostly positive results. When they were the #3 party in the House, the Liberals supported Harper's national security overkill called C-51 - The Anti-Terrorism Act 2015. The caveat was if elected to govern, C-51's "problematic elements" would be remedied. Two years later that so-called remedy is working its way through the process.

Bill C-59 - An Act Respecting National Security Matters is that attempted fix. Within seven main parts of the proposed legislation there are three new Acts and changes to five existing Acts. Part 1 creates the National Security & Intelligence Review Committee, something very long overdue in any form in Canada. Part 2 creates the Intelligence Commissioner. Part 3 enshrines an official seperate entity of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) away from the Ministry of Defense. Part 4 revises and alters powers granted to CSIS under C-51. Part 5 addresses the information sharing free-for-all in the government. Part 6 does little to clarify the No-Fly list issues C-51 brought. Part 7 changes the Criminal Code definitions, charges and penalties as necessary.  All in 150 extremely legalese pages.

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group has been at the forefront explaining, presenting and warning as necessary about all things Charter related to Canadians since the aftermath of 9/11. Tim McSorley, national co-ordinator for ICLMG returns to The View Up Here to explain Bill C-59. What it does, what it doesn't, what it fixes, what it hurts. If you want to hang in FVEY, you have to meet the minimums for better or worse.

 

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