The federal government is bringing in new “anti-terror” legislation that many feel will further ramp up the arbitrary power of the Prime Minister’s Office and federal spy agencies, potentially endanger the rights and security of all Canadians, and criminalize dissent.
To discuss this issue, a public meeting is being organized in Prince George at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 10 at the College of New Caledonia. There will be an introductory presentation from the Stand Up for the North Committee, followed by the main speaker, Josh Paterson, Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association.
Many prominent Canadians, including four former prime ministers, have spoken out against this legislation, calling it dangerous, excessive and dictatorial, as well as alien to the legal norms of the country. Besides the NDP and Green parties in Parliament, critics include six former Supreme Court justices, as well as dozens of other legal experts, law professors, and media pundits.