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Our MPs could be just a few days away from a vote on bill C-51. Can you help us send a powerful message with 1,000 phone calls to their offices calling on them to stop C-51, and start over with a law that defends our security, privacy and freedom?

You’ve already forced them to admit their bill is flawed. After widespread criticism from experts and the public, the Conservatives have made a few amendments to the bill – but it’s still reckless, dangerous and ineffective and must be stopped.[1-5]

Can you take a few moments now and use this tool to make a simple call to your MP’s office?

The tool will connect you to your MP, and you can leave a simple message that you want them to stop C-51 and start over.

Politicians take phone calls really seriously, especially in an election year, because they show them that you – their constituent – are deeply concerned about the issue.

 

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Introduce yourself as a constituent of the riding and tell the staff member that you want C-51 stopped. That's enough. If you want to say more, we encourage you to speak in your own words, and you can use the talking points and party positions below if it helps:

Reckless - the bill has a vague definition of terrorism that could be abused by governments and spy agencies to shut down dissent.

Dangerous - the bill would shred our privacy by allowing information gathered through widespread spying on Canadians to be shared broadly within government. It would also give CSIS new powers to intervene in the day to day life of Canadians, with actions that could break the law and violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Ineffective - the bill fails to use proven counter-radicalization strategies, and contains no proper oversight to prevent abuses.

There are sources at the bottom of the page if you want to read more.


Party Positions on the Bill

Conservatives - The Conservatives have presented this bill, and they really need to hear from you. The Conservatives have pulled legislation when it proved too politically toxic. If you have a Conservative MP, we recommend that you tell them that as their constituent, you want them stop C-51 and start over with a bill that would defend our security, privacy and freedom.

NDP - The NDP have raised many concerns with this bill, plan to vote against it, and promise to make many changes to it if elected. If you have an NDP MP, we recommend that you thank them for planning to vote against C-51, and ask them what they will do to defend our security, privacy and freedom if this bill passes and if they are elected in the coming federal election.

Liberals - The Liberals have raised many concerns with this bill, and promised to make changes to the bill if elected - but they plan to vote for it. If you have a Liberal MP, we recommend that you tell them that you want them to vote against C-51, and ask them what they will do to defend our security, privacy and freedom if this bill passes and if they are elected in the coming federal election.

Greens - The Greens have raised many concerns with this bill, plan to vote against it and promised to make many changes if elected. If you have a Green MP, we recommend that you thank them for planning to vote against C-51, and ask them what they will do to defend our security, privacy and freedom if this bill passes and if they are elected in the coming federal election.

Whew! Okay, we know that’s a lot of information. But remember, you can keep it simple and just tell them that you want them to stop C-51. They’re your representative, and it’s their job to take your phone call and listen to your feedback.

Sources

[1]Bill C-51 amendments seem unconnected to committee process
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bill-c-51-amendments-seem-unconnected-to-committee-process-1.3014704

[2]Will changes to C-51 give spy agency power to detain?
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/04/02/CSIS-C-51-Powers/

[3]The government has not made its case for C-51
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/the-government-has-not-made-its-case-for-c-51/article23678195/

[4]Why bill C-51 is a threat to Aboriginal rights
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/why-bill-c-51-is-a-threat-to-aboriginal-rights/article23830829/

[5]How to salvage bill C-51
http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/national-post-view-how-to-salvage-bill-c-51