Internet prying by the Canadian Government

I’m as outraged and disgusted as the next parent at the fact that there exists pornography that expoits children, let alone the sheer volume of this sick stuff that’s apparently available on the internet. Catching the people responsible for this (the suppliers and purveyors) as well as those who download it (the consumers) is important work, and our Police on every level should be commended for continuing this fight vigorously.

However, our Conservative Government has yet again overstepped its mandate in attempting to drive through recent misguided legislation that would permit Police to gain access to any citizen’s internet usage from the user’s ISP without review or just cause, eliminating the need to request a warrant. Haven’t any of our leaders read “1984” or “Brave New World”?

Had this misguided bit of legislation gone through, who knows to what extend this would have encouraged our Prime Minister and his weak-minded ministers to intrude further into our private lives.

The vast majority of us have nothing to hide, and abhor those who do have the most disgusting things to hide.

Accepting that we should all be considered guilty and subject to uncontrolled scrutiny is not the solution to this complex problem, but unfortunately it seems to be the way our Government is structured lately – all of us must be evil, and therefore our elected officials know best how to root out the bad apples. The big question is, had this gone through, who would be defining what constitutes a bad apple in the future, and to what else would our Police be encouraged to turn their attention in the future? Would those who don’t follow the Conservative line be next?

Though I feel for the minister as a man, I applaud the wag who “outed” personal information about the minister who put forward the idea for this bad legislation… it certainly showed him in the most direct way possible what it would be like to have a Canada where there are no controls over who can find out things about anyone.

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