â€œThis is a massive breach of privacy and shows a grave disregard for the rule of law,â€� said NDP Justice Critic Murray Rankin. â€œThe Liberal government must explain their attempt to hide this abuse of powers from the Court meant to provide oversight.â€�
The NDP is pointing to this ruling as clear evidence of the need for strong new oversight of Canadaâ€™s security agencies. The Liberals have so far only proposed an after-the-fact review committee that would be significantly censored.
â€œWe need a watchdog with teeth â€“ and claws; with full, unimpeded access to information and a real-time oversight function,â€� said Public Safety Critic Matthew DubÃ©.
The Federal Court ruling also mentions the new powers under C-51 that expand potential surveillance targets and give CSIS warrantless access to Canadiansâ€™ tax records.
â€œThe Liberals promised to remove the most egregious aspects of C-51. Well itâ€™s now clearer than ever the dangers of that legislation and the need to fully abolish it immediately,â€� said DubÃ©.
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