March 13, 2015
The safety and security of Canadians is an important responsibility of the Government of Canada. Given the deplorable events in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu last October, the government’s desire to protect citizens more effectively is understandable. The Canadian Library Association (CLA), however, has serious concerns about Bill C-51 (the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015) in relation to the risks that it poses for the privacy of Canadians and for their freedom of expression, both of which are essential to a free and democratic society. We are especially concerned that this bill is proceeding through the parliamentary process much too quickly for it to be fully analyzed and debated in terms of its implications for these important Canadian values.

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