Canada’s Patriot Act 3 before the Senate

March 23rd, 2004 - by admin

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(March 22,2004) — 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.

A Last, Slim Chance to Stop this Horrific Legislation
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 legislation.

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.

Questions that Need Answers
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 Committee:

• 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
• 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

Also contact as the Minister responsible for the Senate who is pushing this:
• 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: