Do you feel a swell of pride - or does it just make you sick when you see the lack of professionalism, integrity, or the rampant ignorance and incompetence of our elected Canadian federal Conservative politicians?
Take, for example, Stephen Harper's government of Canada's Public Safety Minister Vic Toews who denigrated and slandered individuals who dared to question the intent and privacy concerns of Canadians over Bill C-30 with the ridiculous statement, "Either stand with us or with the child pornographers."
This was from a man who, it turns out, does not even know what the bill says or means. Comments by the minister suggest he was surprised by some of the bill's contents, and will seek an explanation for wording in section 17 of Bill C-30 which outlines "exceptional circumstances" under which any police officer (or politician or anyone they appoint) can request an internet service provider to turn over customer information, without a warrant.
It turns out this public servant does not even know what his own bill says, and he has the nerve to slander and demean anyone daring to question a bill that represents a serious departure and invasion of Canada's civil and human rights, not to mention privacy laws.
I can only hope that the rest of the Conservatives do not understand C-30 either, as not one of them including my MP Randy Kamp questioned the legitimacy of their brand new Big Brother bill, and he even publicly defended it.
When I see the arrogant, reckless, unprofessional, heavy-handed attitude this government has toward Canadian citizens' democratic rights and freedoms, it makes me fear for Canada's traditional status as a free and democratic country that used to be governed by the rule of law, not the rule of dictatorship.
The truth is 99.09 per cent of Canadians are not terrorists, so stop treating us like we are.
Wayne Clark, Maple Ridge
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