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February 13, 2015

Point of View Supporting Bill C-51

Horrifically, as we have seen in Canada, the international jihadist movement has declared war on us. Canadians are being targeted by these terrorists simply because they hate our society and the values it represents.

One only need to look back over the past several weeks at the terrorist attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu as well as attacks abroad in Australia and Paris, to see that the threat of radical Islamic extremism is a very real threat.

These threats require a strong response.

That is why, under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Conservative Government took action and brought forward the Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act and Anti-terrorism Act 2015, that protects Canadians against jihadi terrorists who seek to destroy the very principles that make Canada the best country in the world to live. [Editor's Note: This gives war measures powers without invoking the War Measures Act.]

As Prime Minister Harper clearly said, our Government rejects the argument that every time we talk about security, our freedoms are threatened. Canadians understand that their freedom and security go hand in hand. Canadians expect us to protect both, and there are protections in this legislation to do exactly that.

The fundamental fact is that our police and national security agencies are working to protect our rights and our freedoms, and it is jihadi terrorists who endanger our security and who would take away our freedoms.

Providing national security agencies with new tools will ensure that gaps in sharing information about suspected terrorists does not limit their ability to prevent attacks on Canada or against Canadians.

We as politicians do not enforce the law, but we have the duty to make sure that law enforcement has the necessary tools to keep Canadians safe. We will continue to do just that.

Joe Preston MP
Chairman of Procedures and House Affairs Chairman Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Point of View Against Bill C-51

Let's make sure Parliament says no to secret police. Stephen Harper is using the fear of terrorism to give our spy agency crazy new powers like letting them get secret warrants to break into our houses, copy or take documents, and even install monitoring devices. [Editor's Note: These are the kinds of powers Hitler's Nazi SS had; the same kind a generation of Canadians fought against in WW II.] But we can still show him we won't let trumped up fears override our freedoms.

The Conservative and Liberal parties are planning to vote for the bill. In 2006, PM Harper warned that "You won't recognize Canada when I'm through with it", and now he's making that promise come true. Under this bill, peaceful protests that break a law and challenge Canada's economic stability - possibly even protests against a tar sands pipeline - could be considered terrorism. Harper's poisonous fearmongering threatens our freedoms, but we can make this bill political poison to any MP supporting it.

Harper's implied that the horrific attacks in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu make this bill necessary. But experts say that our security agencies already have the powers needed to stop terror attacks, and there's no proven link between these lone killers and terrorist groups.

Prime Minister Harper is always telling us that we're at war, and now he's trying to turn this fear against us and trample on our rights. Our community is bigger than this fear. Let's stand up to the government and show them that when it comes to our freedoms, Canadians stand united.

This is an election year, and analysts say that leaders who oppose this law risk being seen as soft on terror. If we can show our politicians that this isn't true - that our basic freedoms can not be traded for fear - we can win. Click now to take action:

Danny, Jo, Ari, Ricken, and the rest of the Avaaz team

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