Bill C-51, which I have spoken about previously was passed into law by the Canadian Senate, without amendment.
The bill, in part, grants espionage and police powers to CSIS, the Canadian KGB. They may now monitor every phone, mobile phone, computer and smart device at will, without warrant, or oversight.
Likewise, they will be able to collect private information on Canadians and share that information with multiple agencies within Canada, as well as with foreign governments.
Police powers have been expanded to include warrantless searches of private property and a longer detention-without-charge period.
Criticism of Zionism and Israel, as well as lending moral or material support to the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Movement is now considered an arrestable offence, under the Hate Crimes provision of Canadian Law.
Any statement on any public or private online platform which can be in any way deemed as being sympathetic with terrorism is now an arrestable offence.
Police have more power to infiltrate “suspect” groups, which could be anything from BDS to Greenpeace, to Médcins Sans frontiers.
I do not know what to say right now, other than to say that I am in an absolute and total sense of shock. I grew up in a country that was officially bilingual, multicultural, pluralistic…a country that was a world leader in diplomacy, the environment, Human rights, peacekeeping, science…
Canada is no longer any of those things.
And now, tonight, my freedom to even speak out about it is a crime.
Normally, I’d add a bunch of links to this post, as I’ve done in previous posts…but I don’t have the emotional will, tonight. I’m posting this, because I genuinely feel I have to. I’ll go back and add links later – assuming I don’t just find myself disappearing in the middle of the night.
I feel devastated, because the country I loved is dead. I don’t recognize this place, anymore.