Groups Fight Against Canada's 'Stomach-Churning' Spy Bill

Groups Fight Against Canada's 'Stomach-Churning' Spy Bill

Postby Oscar » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:41 pm

Rights Groups Fight Back Against Canada's 'Stomach-Churning' Spy Bill

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Bill C-51 poses grave threat to personal freedoms and violates constitutional rights, warn civil liberty and press freedom groups

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Tuesday, 21 July, 2015 by Common Dreams

Press freedom and civil liberties groups on Tuesday mounted a legal challenge against Canada's recently passed anti-terror law, arguing that it poses a "grave threat" to the constitutional rights of citizens.

"The legislation presents disturbing implications for free speech, privacy, the powers of government ...and the protection of civil liberties in Canada," the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) said in a joint press statement.

The groups filed the legal challenge in the Ontario Supreme Court on that grounds that specific sections of Bill C-51 violate the country's Bill of Rights, known as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, "in a manner that is not justified in a free and democratic society" and thus "must be struck down as unconstitutional and of no force and effect."
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Constitutional attorney Paul Cavalluzzo, who is helping the groups appeal the bill, told the Toronto Star that the charter challenge will focus on five sections of the legislation. The Star reports: . . . . .
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With a crowdfunding campaign to support the legal action, Henheffer said he believes their challenge is "the best chance to kill the legislation."

"It does so much to remove accountability and it destroys the system of checks and balances we have in this country," he said. "It’s just stomach churning to think that these laws are being passed in Canada."
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