Dear Theo: I’m Against Warrantless Searches

Posted on May 24, 2012

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I received the following email from my Member of Parliament, Don Davies (Vancouver-Kingsway) in respect of the ongoing legislative agenda of our current government in Ottawa, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, to instigate warrantless online access to personal information, for instance.  

Don is against it, too.

Dear Theo,

RE: Stand with Canada as a Pro-Privacy MP

Thank you for taking the time to send our office your comments and concerns regarding the Conservatives’ “Lawful Access” bill.

Please be assured that my New Democrat colleagues and I firmly oppose the passing of this bill. My colleague, Charlie Angus, has been very vocal on this issue, stating that the New Democrats support modernizing policing powers to deal with digital issues, but that removing the requirements for warrants to access Canadian digital information altogether opens the door to all manners of abuse by security officials.

My colleagues and I are particularly concerned about plans for allowing police warrantless access to customer data on internet and cell phone use.  Unless the lawful access bill is dramatically changed, this legislation will represent an unprecedented erosion of Canadian’s privacy rights.

I personally have signed up to take a stand against this bill.  I have signed up with Openmedia.ca and am proud to be a Pro-Privacy MP.

Although the government’s decision not to include “lawful access” legislation in its recent omnibus crime bill is a victory for privacy rights activists, the fight is far from over.  New Democrats are currently organizing with civil society groups to push back against these ideologically driven and rights-abusing legislative proposals, and we will continue to work to protect the rights of law-abiding Canadians.

What you can do to help:

If you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to send your comments and concerns directly to the Minister of Industry, Christian Paradis at (christian.paradis@parl.gc.ca) and to the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews (vic.toews@parl.gc.ca).

Thank you again for your correspondence. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to share your opinion with me.

Sincerely,

Don Davies, M.P.

Vancouver Kingsway

Official Opposition Critic for International Trade

ph: (613) 943-0267

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Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:56 PM

To: Davies, Don – M.P.
Cc: Mulcair, Thomas – Député
Subject: Stand with Canada as a Pro-Privacy MP

Dear Don Davies,

As one of your local constituents, I am calling on you to take a stand against warrantless online spying legislation in Canada. Please visit http://openmedia.ca/TakeAStand to become a Pro-Privacy MP today.

By becoming a Pro-Privacy MP, you’d be working with Canadians to ensure that any Lawful Access legislation respects our privacy, security, and personal budgets.

I oppose the government’s invasive and costly online spying plan. The online spying (“Lawful Access”) bills are poorly thought out, and irresponsibly allow a range of authorities to access the personal information of any Canadian, at anytime, without a warrant. This unchecked mass surveillance is a breach of my fundamental right to privacy, and I’m one of the over 117,000 who have signed the Stop Online Spying petition.

As my Member of Parliament, I’m counting on you to ensure that my personal data, privacy, and family budget are safeguarded. Please be aware that, as CBC recently reported, this spying plan will cost Canadians over 80 million dollars. I refuse to pay authorities to invade my privacy.

Right now you have a unique opportunity to let your constituents know where you stand, and I want to hear from you. I’ll be watching this closely via action alerts and updates from OpenMedia.ca, a non-partisan grassroots organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open and affordable Internet.

I trust you will do the right thing and listen to your constituents on this issue. Please visit http://openmedia.ca/TakeAStand today.