I am writing to urge you to vote against Bill C-51. I am convinced that not only will this bill not offer any further significant protection against terrorism, but it is actually likely to make “terrorist” attacks more likely.
This is because Bill C-51 strikes against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which has justifiably been praised around the world as brilliant constitutional document. How can eroding the sacred trust contained in the Charter enhance the trust that Canadians need to have in their government? In fact, the less trust citizens have in their government, the more likely there will be those who, however unjustly, take violent action against the government and, indeed, innocent citizens.
As a country we are at a crossroads. The two roads that intersect are Fear and Freedom. Fear St. is the one chosen by those who act without sober thought and would sacrifice the very freedoms they claim to protect. Freedom St. is chosen by those who have the vision and strength to not only protect citizens physical security, but the very freedoms that make a nation strong.
Again, I urge you to vote against Bill C-51 which, at its core, bears frightening resemblance to laws which have been enacted and used by fascist, dictatorial regimes against which our citizens have fought and died.