Please take a minute and read this column from the weekend by The Star's Michael Geist.
The Conservative Party (or, as I refer to them, the Reform Party) is set to roll out an internet surveillance law. They've left it out of their first big omnibus bill that will see people imprisoned for spitting on the sidewalk (which I can almost get on board with, come to think of it; so gross), but it is coming.
So why should you care? Geist "holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law." He knows what he's talking about; his column is always informative and while it requires your full attention, it's important.
"If the Conservatives move forward with their complete lawful access package, it would feature a three-pronged approach focused on information disclosure, mandated surveillance technologies and new police powers." Geist sees no reason for them not moving forward. They've said as much.
Are you really prepared to have the government being able to covertly go through your communications? For your internet provider to be compelled to release information without court order?
The first person who says to me 'if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to be afraid of' gets slapped. You must be joking. To what degree are your prepared to give up your freedom and your privacy, even in this age of a huge diminishing of both? I get that my picture gets taken hundreds of times a day, as I walk down a street or enter a bank or store. I watch enough 48Hours. I get it.
Please read the column. This is your majority. This is your majority on steroids. We're going down the rabbit hole, Alice.