Peaceful protesters could be targets under terrorism bill

Peaceful protesters could be targets under terrorism bill Open letter to Yukon MP Ryan Leef: I am concerned with the expanded powers outlined in the anti-terrorist Bill C-51 now before Parliament. As someone who has taken part in environmental rallies h

Open letter to Yukon MP Ryan Leef:

I am concerned with the expanded powers outlined in the anti-terrorist Bill C-51 now before Parliament.

As someone who has taken part in environmental rallies here in Whitehorse, as is my democratic right, I am reasonably worried that these activities could be construed by the government in power as against Canada’s “economic interests,” as listed in Bill C-51. My house, phone calls and emails could then be monitored and searched without warrants.

Bill C-51 is vague and broad and introduced at a time when the Conservative government thinks that fear can trump rights to privacy and the right to peaceful protest without being judged a potential terrorist.

Sharon Wisemyn

Whitehorse

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