Liberal candidate questions Bill C51

"the message of this bill is 'either you agree with us or you are with the terrorists'."

Steven Harper will be the fear candidate in the upcoming election. Here’s an example:

Bill C51 is ommibus anti-terrorist legislation made up of five different acts bundled together and labeled to promote fear and divide Canadians.

This is yet another example of the divisive nature of the Harper government , because the message of this bill is “either you agree with us or you are with the terrorists”.  I have no doubt that this will be the  Conservatives’ primary election issue.

In parliamentary debate on February 23, 2015 MP Irwin Cotler provided some thoughtful insight on Bill C51 (see:

The world continues to change and some of the tools for national security may need to change as well (eg. provisions for information sharing).  However there must be a balance between protecting national security and protecting human rights.

The Liberal Party will be proposing amendments to the legislation including robust oversight, and review mechanisms.  However, the reality is that these amendments will not be accepted no matter which way the NDP and the Liberals vote.  The partisan Harper government fully intends to use their majority to ram the legislation through.  As Justin Trudeau said:  “The Conservatives can either accept our amendments or have them be part of the Liberal platform in the coming election”.

What Mr. Harper wants as we head into an election is to push the NDP and the Liberals to vote against Bill C51.  This would set the stage for unrelenting “soft on terror” attack ads.  I agree with Mr. Trudeau’s position and strategy.

Finally, Mr. Mulcair has said that he would not rescind the legislation if elected, but rather he would change it.  Seems that the two main opposition parties are taking a similar position.

I am the Liberal candidate for Parliament in our riding. I need to hear your opinion on Bill C-51 and other important issues affecting all of us. Contact me through my website:

Connie Denesiuk

Summerland, BC


Just Posted

IRM reports small sulphuric acid leak at Waneta reload

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Columbia Basin RDI: Exercise Your Right to Vote

Voter turnout statistics from the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute

New farmers in Columbia Basin supported by land matching program

New and young farmers in the Basin are receiving support and services from a dedicated land matcher

Columbia Basin Trust offering business accelerator program

Trust seeking motivated companies for customized support and mentorship program

Trail military exercises provide crucial training

Exercise Sapper Crucible: ‘The nuts and bolts of what a soldier is’

Live bear cam: Let the fishing begin

Watch bears in Alaska’s Katmai National Park catch their dinner live.

Campaign seeks to add Farsi to B.C. school curriculum options

Group wants Farsi added to list of nine languages in policy covering second language requirements

Trudeau urges leaders to follow Nelson Mandela’s example at UN tribute

Peace summit in New York marks 100th birthday of former South African president

Senate seats filled in B.C., Saskatchewan

Canada’s newest senators are the first woman to lead the RCMP and a Cree Metis businessman

Newfoundland’s popular ‘merb’ys’ calendar is back

The calendar of burly, bearded mermen posing against scenic backdrops for charity returns

Cap rent increases at inflation rate, B.C. task force recommends

MLAs say drop annual increase that would allow 4.5% rise next year

School, church, old mining site make Heritage BC’s first ‘watch list’

The list includes sites in need of protection to maintain B.C.’s culture and history

Yowza! Twerk, emoji and facepalm are added to Scrabble dictionary, OK?

Merriam-Webster has announced 300 new words have been added to the spelling game

LGBTQ activists, allies in Victoria counter anti-SOGI protest with rally of their own

Lower Mainland activists plan to protest SOGI on legislature lawn, Sept. 29

Most Read