As was widely expected, the terrifying Bill C-51 passed its third and final reading of the scandal-ridden Senate last night. The vote was down party lines, with the Conservative majority in favour and the Liberal-appointed opposition rebuking Justin Trudeau and voting against. The Bill will become law as soon as it receives royal assent, another preposterously undemocratic anachronistic formality.
The bill’s passage comes despite a firestorm of protest and opposition. I can’t recall ever seeing such widespread knowledge about or opposition to a proposed law in Canada in my lifetime. I can’t recall experts ever being so unanimous in their denunciation of a proposed law. Hell, even the National Post called the government’s behaviour anti-democratic when they shut down discussion of the bill prematurely in the House of Commons.
Despite all of the public outrage and despite the hit they were taking in the polls, the HarperCons pushed the legislation through.
Soon, we will live in a nation where our surveillance agency is empowered to break the law and violate our rights without challenge, where expressing opinions the government dislikes could land you in jail, where meaningful opposition to state policies will be stifled more than ever before.
And I’m scared. Continue Reading