Access bill upends charter of rights

The proposed bill would allow for unwarranted gathering of information on Canadian citizens.

The proposed bill would allow for unwarranted gathering of information on Canadian citizens (a practice that is currently illegal based on our Charter of Rights and Freedoms).

Under no circumstances is it now or will it ever be OK to collect information on anyone here in Canada without a warrant.

Just the fact that our government is willing to allow this piece of legislation to pass goes directly against the nature of our legal rights as expressed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (Section 8 reads: Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.)

Correct me if I’m wrong but there are no reasons that our long-standing legal right to privacy should not apply to intellectual properties of either individuals or the web-based corporations to which said intellectual property was signed over to. If this bill passes it will be the beginning of a steady decline in personal freedoms.

I love Canada because we have freedom of expression, as demonstrated by this letter.

I can assure you if the government was listening right now I would likely not be very comfortable writing this letter as it proves that I am against a government policy.

Fortunately we are not yet as loose in defining a domestic terrorist as certain U.S. legislation has been, however if we were I would be a terrorist just for writing this. I don’t want that, you don’t want that.

Lets take control of our country while we still can. This is the first step towards a Patriot Act.

Orion Sawchuk

Victoria