NDP for an Honest Anti-Terrorism Approach

by zachariecouture on October 22, 2015 - 10:45pm

In the result of the election, The New Democratic Party, leaded by Tom Mulcair, lost more than half of its seats and ended up third. However, the party defends many interesting political opinions, including a strong opposition against the Bill C-51, the Conservative’s anti-terrorism project. 


Indeed, Harper’s government law project on building, which suggested to empower the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in order to insure and better fight against terrorism, was highly critiqued by Mulcair, as he referred to it as a gimmick. In fact, he spotted the false dilemma offered by the Conservatives, like if we had to chose between liberty and security. Also, he pointed out that the project’s boundaries we’re too vague and could have various vicious impacts: some manifestation against the pipelines project could be perceived as terrorism and be restricted, for instance. Finally, Mulcair asserted that his party would take all the necessary measures in order to prevent Bill C-51 to go through in its actual form. 


If we compare with the Liberal party, it is in agreement with Mulcair’s opinion but still approve the project… isn’t that contradictory? In brief, the party seems to be much more open-minded then the two other principal occupants at the assembly and defends a certain equilibrium between liberty and security which would not lead to power overindulgence. 


More than that, since the night of the election, Mulcair didn’t appear on any television and didn’t give any direct information to the media. Actually, he was absent from the service to symbolize last year’s terrorist attack on Parliament Hill. Was that a way to demonstrate his strong opposition on the current law project? I guess we’ll discover in the next couple of days.








Even though the Liberal’s are not scrapping Bill C-51, they will make some major changes to it. The party’s main concern was how the Bill was too vague and gave Canada’s spying agencies too much power and insight to the population’s everyday life. The changes include the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) obtaining a warrant before starting an investigation, the yearly review of the CSE’s actions by the Parliament, a review of the Bill three years after it is approved and most importantly, the population and many experts will be asked for their opinion on the rewritten Bill. Meaning, the population will have a say about the Bill being passed or not. Contrary to M.Mulcair’s and M.Harper’s opinions, Prime Minister designate, Justin Trudeau will not have the citizens of Canada chose between liberty and security. Instead, he will provide the population with both.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/22/ten-things-to-expect-from-the-li...

Hello Zacharie,
I agree with Tom Mulcair’s point of view about the bill C-51. From what I have deducted from my readings, this hinders privacy of one’s Internet activities. In addition, Harper is taking a strong position regarding the conflict in Syria and ISIS: he is completely against this extremist group; therefore he is not politically neutral. He explicitly demonstrated it to us through his speeches like fighting against terrorism with the U.S. According to me, his speeches put us in a target zone by this group and the Parliament Hill shooting increased his paranoia. He took the action about building up an infallible security system to protect our country, but instead our privacy is decreasing and mostly innocent people are affected by it. Also to answer your second question about the liberals’ opinion on this bill, they might have meant to use this bill but not as extremist as Harper would have done, it could be applied in a moderate, effective, and fair way.