Outrageous rhetoric in privacy debate

I’m appalled by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ comments in the House of Commons last week.

Dear Editor:

I’m appalled by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ comments in the House of Commons last week, when he accused all Canadians who oppose the government’s invasive and warrantless online spying scheme, Bill C-30, of siding with child pornographers.

This is rhetoric of the most outrageous kind. In fact, according to a poll by the government’s own privacy commissioner, eight out of 10 Canadians oppose legislation that would grant “authorities” warrantless access to our private information.

Even Members of Toews’ own party are against this costly invasion of privacy!

I demand that Toews publicly apologize to all Canadians for his comments.

They are so typical of those who cunningly use fearful propaganda tactics to strip us of our personal rights and freedoms.

I sincerely hope that the average citizen sees through this shameless ploy.

Furthermore, I am calling for the government to amend its online spying legislation so that any new surveillance powers are based on a clear need for new powers, demonstrated by verifiable evidence.

I also expect the government to commit to removing the warrantless access provisions in the legislation, insert privacy safeguards and enforcement, and provide a clear plan to offset the estimated $80 million this will cost Canadian families and businesses.

I encourage every Canadian to join the more than 112,000 Canadians who have already voiced their opposition to Bill C-30 by signing the Stop Online Spying petiton at www.stopspying.ca.

James Buchanan

Westbank