Canadians Privacy Lost: The Harper Gov’t Puts Unconstitutional Spying to a Vote

stephen harper peter mackay bill c-13 passing through house and senate surveillance canada

A couple months ago we went over a story about a Canadian politician name Vic Toews — public safety minister — trying to push a bill through, under the guise of catching child porn solicitation, that would enable the Canadian government and law enforcement services to spy on and track citizens online without a warrant.

Things took a bad turn for Toews when some computer hackers — who clearly thought he was an orwellian tyrant — hacked into his phone and proved he was also a hypocrite, and worse. As it turns out, Toews was having an affair with a woman half his age. This was exposed directly after he screamed, “You’re either with us, or you’re with the child pornographers!” in the middle of the House of Commons at his opposition. Needless to say the bill disappeared after he was shown to be an adulterous cradle robber whose interests were in painting those against government spying as child molesters.


That bill was called C-30, and in its death came its replacement — Bill C-13 — which is a rewrite of Toews’ bill by safety minister Peter Mackay, as well giving law enforcement and government agencies the ability to unconstitutionally monitor Canadian citizens without their knowledge or consent — emails, phone calls, facebook, twitter, pictures, videos, etc. — simply because they suspect a person may commit a crime in the future — only this time “cyberbullying” is the selling feature. This conveniently in the wake of a few internet bullying deaths of teenagers in Canada.

“MPs had their last round of debate on the bill Friday, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper held a cyberbullying roundtable in Winnipeg to mark the two-year anniversary of Amanda Todd’s death. Todd killed herself at age 15 after enduring ‘merciless cyberbullying,’ Harper said in a news release.

A spokeswoman for government House Leader Peter Van Loan said the last House vote on the cyberbullying bill, known as C-13, will be Monday, Oct. 20. If it passes, it will go to the Senate for debate by senators and consideration at committee.” —, (Oct. 10, 2014).

Aside from many others, and most importantly — in my opinion — Canada’s safety minister, Daniel Therrien, has been vocally against the implementation of C-13 since its introduction knowing the corruption that would be bred from giving people the power to bypass internet providers — and search warrants — to directly track any metadata they feel they want, on any person, and at any time they feel it’s necessary. According to him, this is way too much power for authorities to have and a violation of Canadians privacy, not to mention a direct violation of their rights according to the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Daniel Therrien

Therrien also points out C-13 deals with a lot more issues than cyberbullying and highly recommends the bill be split into two parts, leaving the hardcore data-collection issues apart from the cyberbullying; and it isn’t just him suggesting this. Carol Todd, Amanda Todd’s mother, has also been vocal about splitting the bill into two parts and separating the cyberbullying issues from the surveillance-related provisions that are snuck in behind. She has publicly asked the government to fulfill her request:

“I don’t want to see our children to be victimized again by losing privacy rights. I am troubled by some of these provisions condoning the sharing of Canadians’ privacy information without proper legal process… A warrant should be required before any Canadians’ personal information is turned over to anyone, including government authorities.” —Carol Todd.

Even though she’s been opposed to the bill for months now that still hasn’t slowed Stephen Harper from campaigning around the country using Amanda Todd’s tragic death as his ammunition to sell this freedom surrendering bill into law to the Canadian people.

Not being mentioned in the news, of course, is the fact Stephen Harper has signed on with a host of other government leaders to The Council of Europe’s, Convention on Cybercrime, which obligates them to pass strict internet laws on their citizens; they’re simply keeping their word. But again, this vital piece of information — which is the single answer to why these unconstitutional bills are being pushed through — this is kept from the public.

The vote happens on the 20th in the House of Commons. if it passes it will be put to a vote in the Senate. We’ll keep you updated on the decision as we get it.


By Olan Thomas of

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