How we move forward

How we move forward
Posted on October 27, 2014 | Open Media | Written on October 27, 2014
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It’s been a tough week for all of us. I’ll never forget checking the news on Wednesday morning and discovering that Parliament - the very symbol of the Canadian rights and freedoms we hold dear - was under attack.

Since Wednesday, I’ve been talking with friends, family, and colleagues, trying to process these events, and consider how Canada will move forward as a country. If there’s one thing I’ve been hearing again and again, it’s this: We can’t let this tragedy make us lose sight of the democratic values we all cherish.

Sadly, this government isn’t listening. Already, they are promising drastic new spying powers that would place the everyday lives of law-abiding Canadians under a government microscope.1

Let’s ensure cooler heads prevail: Canadians should be consulted before the government enables expensive and invasive spying plans that affect our lives. That’s why we’re asking Canadians to come together in creating a pro-privacy plan to shape rules that work for all of us.

Sadly, this government has been pushing an anti-privacy agenda for years. The spying bill they passed last week gives a wide range of government authorities the power to monitor innocent citizens.2 And now they’re poised to make things even worse by rushing through reckless new spying powers without consulting Canadians.

Don’t you think Canadians should be consulted before this extreme new spying plan comes into force? Use our innovative drag-and-drop tool to let us know what your privacy priorities are today.

Canadians are coming together from right across the political spectrum on this -- it’s emblematic of the common threads that weave this country together.

No other issue pits so many of us together against the very few out-of-touch bureaucrats in Ottawa.3 We’ve stopped this government’s backwards approach to privacy before, and we can do it again.4

But for this to work, we need you to participate. A crowdsourced plan is only as strong as the people who make it – so let’s build something that works for all of us.

This is a crucial time - I hope we can count on you. Will you be a part of this, James?


P.S. What’s really important in times of crisis is that we don’t forget our democratic values. Canadians deserve a voice in shaping privacy rules. After you’ve had your say, don’t forget to share the tool with all your friends using the links provided.


[1] Harper vows to fast-track boost to spy, policing powers after shooting. Source: The Globe and Mail

[2], [3] Cyberbullying bill draws fire from diverse mix of critics. Source: CBC News.

[4] Looks like we won. Source.

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