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Bill C-51: All the resources, analyses and criticism you need | CJFE

Bill C-51: All the resources, analyses and criticism you need

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

By Megan Drysdale

The #StopC51 Week of Education continues until April 20th in a bid to educate Canadians about the contents of this dangerous bill before the final vote takes place. To help you educate yourself and spread the word to your fellow Canadians and MPs, we have compiled a handy (and extensive!) list of resources.

Learn more about the bill, see what people are saying about it, and get involved to put a stop to this dangerous and ineffective legislation.

1. HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Actions, petitions and other resources

2. LEARN ABOUT THE BILL

Read the full text [français]

Background information, summaries and fact sheets

Government of Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act site, with backgrounders and news releases

Library of Parliament’s Legislative Summary of Bill C-51: Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act

Canada’s Proposed Anti-Terrorism Act: An Assessment – an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the Act by legal scholars Craig Forcese and Kent Roach.

  • Backgrounder #1: The New Advocating or Promoting Terrorism Offence
  • Backgrounder #2: The Canadian Security Intelligence Service's Proposed Power to 'Reduce' Security Threats Through Conduct that May Violate the Law and Charter
  • Backgrounder # 3: Sharing Information and Lost Lessons from the Maher Arar Experience
  • Backgrounder #4: The Terrorism Propaganda Provisions
  • Backgrounder #5: Oversight and Review: Turning Accountability Gaps into Canyons?
  • • Craig Forcese and Kent Roach’s Proposed Amendments to Bill C-51 (March 10, 2015)

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association – 8 things you need to know about Bill C-51

Canadian Bar Association – New powers to combat terrorism: A breakdown of what’s in Bill C-51

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Bill C-51: A Legal Primer

Canadian Union of Public Employees – Fact Sheet: Bill C-51

CBC – Anti-terrorism powers: What's in the legislation?

Craig Forcese – Bill C-51 (Anti-terrorism Act 2015): Short Primer on Key Aspects [VIDEO]

The Globe & Mail – Privacy, security and terrorism: Everything you need to know about Bill C-51

Voices-Voix – Bill C-51: Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015

Detailed analyses, commentary and criticism

Canadian Association of University Teachers – What does C-51 Mean for Academic Freedom and Campus Free Speech?

CBC – New anti-terror bill could put chill on freedom of speech, by Lucas Powers

Craig Forcese – Summary of Concerns With CSIS Act Amendments

The Globe & Mail – Anti-terror bill would widen powers for Canadian border guards, by Steven Chase

Macdonald-Laurier Institute – C-51: An Analysis Without the Hype or Hysteria

Michael Geist – “Total Information Awareness”: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Bill C-51

Michael Geist – We Can’t Hear You: The Shameful Review of Bill C-51 By the Numbers

Paula Todd – Bill C-51 poses a serious threat to free expression in Canada

The Walrus – Bill C-51: the Good, the Bad. . . and the Truly Ugly, by Craig Forcese and Kent Roach

3. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BILL

What are the political parties saying?

Conservative Party of Canada
NDP
Liberal Party of Canada
Green Party of Canada

Government experts criticize Bill C-51

Joint statement from 4 former Prime Ministers, 5 former Justices of the Supreme Court, 7 former Ministers of Justice and Solicitor Generals, 3 past Security Intelligence Review Committee members, 2 former Privacy Commissioners, and a retired RCMP watchdog

Statement from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada following the tabling of Bill C-51

Submissions and briefs presented to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security of the House of Commons:

Civil society organizations, experts and media outlets across the country speak up against the Bill

Open letter from CJFE and over 130 organizations and experts

Open letter from more than 100 Canadian professors of law and related disciplines

Joint statement from seven human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Ligue des droits et libertés, and Canadian labour Congress

Amnesty International

Association des jurists progressistes

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Canadian Constitution Foundation

Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Library Association

Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association

Conrad Black, former publisher

David Suzuki, environmental activist

Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor [VIDEO]

Errol Mendes, law professor at the University of Ottawa

The Globe & Mail [1] [2]

Greenpeace Canada

International Civil Liberties Association

Ligue des droits et libertés

Matthew Coon Come, Grand Chief of the Grand Council of Crees

Michael Harris, author and journalist

National Council of Canadian Muslims

National Post [1] [2]

Pam Palmater, lawyer, professor and Mi’kmaq activist

VIDEO: Who will watch the spies? #RejectFear – Leadnow.ca
Can't see the video? Watch here.


Megan Drysdale is CJFE’s Editorial and Events Assistant.