Mr. Peter Julian (Burnabyâ€”New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Bill C-51's provisions are broad and vague, with huge gaps in oversight and accountability. These broad new powers could target, for instance, peaceful anti-pipeline protesters on Burnaby Mountain, citizens in Burnaby and in New Westminster who protest the government agenda, environmentalists and first nations opposing pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast, or aboriginal communities engaged in peaceful civil disobedience to protect their traditional territories.
The government has refused to listen so far to the Canadian Bar Association, the BC Civil Liberties Association, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, over 100 of Canada's top legal professors, and countless others who have unequivocally Bill C-51's dangerous flaws. New Democrats will relentlessly stand up to this dangerous bill.
Canadians deserve better, and on October 19, they will get better with the new NDP government that respects democratic rights and freedoms in Canada.