Bill C-13 will undermine our privacy

Anyone who thinks Bill C-13 is about cyber bullying needs to read the darn thing, start to finish.

Dear Editor,

Anyone who thinks Bill C-13 is about cyber bullying needs to read the darn thing, start to finish. Once I did that, I found myself asking, why is the government trying to ram this bill through in such a hurry? We’re in no more real danger today than we were yesterday, or two months ago, or two years ago.

Using the one-off actions of unstable individuals to further this kind of agenda is contemptible, and this legislation goes so far over the top, it’s practically made-in-America. I’ve always thought we were a bit better than that. Take the time to get it right, and don’t try to hide it from Canadians. Doing so only makes it look like you think you have something that needs hiding.

Frankly, I do not want my government spying on it’s own citizens. When the authorities deem they require such action, it should be all above board, under the oversight of an independent body, with a warrant required, with complete transparency after the fact, and subject to severe penalty, including jail time, if it is found to have exceeded reasonable boundaries. If that’s too difficult for our current law enforcement agencies, then perhaps they should spend some time going back to the old school, learning how to do things the old-fashioned way.

Just because the technology exists to make surveillance ridiculously easy compared to what it used to be, doesn’t mean it should be made easy. Mr. Earl Dreeshen needs to think long and hard before he decides to put his name behind this bill as it is currently written. It’s the sort of thing the folks over at OurPrivacy.ca will take note of.

I encourage Canadians to learn more about how we can work together to safeguard our privacy at OurPrivacy.ca.

Dallen Wilson,

Red Deer