But there is NOTHING I hate more than blindly partisan reposters
or whatever they are called these days.
I don't really care about C-30. I think that our investigative tools need to be modernized. In fact, when the same bill was presented in 2005 by the Martin Liberal Government it was called the Modernization of Investigation Tactics Act. C74, as it was then known, was not universally panned by the opposition. Certainly, mainy of the critics of c-30 bill probably VOTED for it when it was introduced at first reading - that is, if they weren't defeated in 2006, 2008, 2012. Or, at the very least, they didn't object to its introduction. Landslide Annie (L - Edmonton
) you were a great one.
Of course, it wasn't about child pornographers in 2005. It was actually more about aligning
with the US Patriot Act. That, in and of itself, is far more convincing to me as a reason to oppose it.
I am not going to defend the Minister for ONE SECOND for their silly communications plan. It was atrocious
- and it appeals to a very limited base.
But to call this updated review of investigative techniques a "Big Brother approach to spying on Canadians" is just as uninformed. I remember when wire taps were seen as an unreasonable encroachment of civil liberties. Or at least, I remember reading about that time period. Now they are a tried/tested method to help catch bad guys.
I am a civil libertarian. I really do believe that our laws shouldn't be random and that Locke was right on what we can/not consent to. I don't see this as an onerous invasion of privacy. Neither should you.