Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Muzzling of the Bill C-51 Debate
He didn't bother to attend the parliamentary debate on his dangerously flawed anti-terrorist bill C-51. He shut down that debate after only a few hours.
And now he's making sure that even the experts won't have a chance to explain why the bill is such a threat.
The Conservatives are pushing to devote just three meetings to hearing expert testimony on the government's proposed anti-terrorism bill when it goes to the public safety committee for review, CBC News has learned.
Sources say that one of those days would be taken up by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and departmental officials, leaving just two meetings to hear from outside experts.
So all we are likely to get out that committee is more of the usual McCarthy style hearings...
And that's just fine with Stephen Harper:
During question period, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to commit to a full review at committee — one in which, he said, "security experts and human rights experts [will be] not only heard, but listened to."
In response, Harper called Mulcair's criticism of the bill "ridiculous." "I would urge the committee to study the bill as quickly as possible in order to ensure the adoption of these measures to ensure the security and safety of Canadians," he added.
Because as I pointed out yesterday, this has nothing to do with the safety and security of Canadians, and everything to do with keeping them in them in his darkness, and their ignorance.
Even though his flawed bill will make us less safe rather than safer.
Beefing up the powers of Canada’s spy agency will come at the expense of the RCMP’s ability to investigate and prosecute terrorists, security and legal experts are warning. In addition, giving new powers to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to “disrupt” security threats will increase the role of political officials in law-enforcement operations in Canada, experts said.
“It’s blindingly obvious that it’s creating a potential problem area, not just in terms of the co-operation between the two agencies, but the efficacy of their work,” said Wesley Wark, a professor at the University of Ottawa and one-time member of the Prime Minister’s now defunct Advisory Council on National Security.
“If CSIS gets involved in too many disruption operations, under a quasi-intelligence mandate, this means that you are removing cases from the reach of criminal prosecutions.”
But will give Harper and his Con regime more powers to go after, harass, and intimidate their opponents.
Because of course that's all he wants...
And the good news? As I also pointed out yesterday, the way he is handling the bill only makes the fascist nature of Bill C-51 even more obvious.
And when Canadians see what he is doing, and learn more about the bill, more of them will come to understand that there is no greater terrorist threat to Canada than Stephen Harper himself.
He is crazy, he is desperate, he is dangerous.
And we can't get rid of him of him soon enough...
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