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.
Background information, summaries and fact sheets
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.
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
What are the political parties saying?
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
Conrad Black, former publisher
David Suzuki, environmental activist
Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor [VIDEO]
Errol Mendes, law professor at the University of Ottawa
Matthew Coon Come, Grand Chief of the Grand Council of Crees
Michael Harris, author and journalist
Pam Palmater, lawyer, professor and Mi’kmaq activist
VIDEO: Who will watch the spies? #RejectFear – Leadnow.ca
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