The Pirate Party Calls for the Total Prevention or Repeal of Bill C-51

The Conservatives and the Liberals have just concluded their bipartisan effort to pass bill C-51. This bill  creates permanent powers similar to martial law and represents a threat to our rights as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Pirate Party is calling for the full prevention of this crypto-totalitarian bill

The same way that the Liberals and Conservatives have worked together to bring this bill forward, the Pirate Party pledges to work with other parties and MPs who value the privacy and democratic rights of the people they represent over the demands of party leaders.

This bill is already chilling free speech even before the bill has passed. Conservative MP Lawrie Hawn has already began his own brand of ‘McCarthyism’ —  accusing Canadian tech business leaders of profiting from terrorism. His regrettably malicious (or inept) statements include the claim that these leaders are “not aligned with Canadian values.”  Ordinary political dissent is being reframed as support for terrorists. [1] If we are facing a choice between blindly agreeing with the ruling party or being labelled a terrorist, what type of democracy can we have.

We already have ample laws that are focused on the prosecution of terrorism. This bill adds nothing of value to the fight against internationally motivated political violence and legal experts have warned the bill is unconstitutional. [2]

CSIS was created due to the RCMP’s secret intelligence abuses and violations of rights and freedoms. [3] C51 will not only turn back the clock and allow such abuses to return, it will expand powers and make these abuses a permanent and rigid mechanism of Canadian intelligence bureaucracy. Even the infamous U.S. PATRIOT ACT has an expiry and review date. C-51 has no such safeguards. Once it becomes law it will become increasingly hard to reverse.

“Leaked cables from Wikileaks have shown a history of engaging in warrantless surveillance of first nations activists,” said Deputy Leader Shawn Vulliez today, “The real targets of Canadian state surveillance are environmental and first nations political movements, not the terrorist bogeyman that prop up unconstitutional policies such as enhanced interrogation and mass surveillance.”

The Pirate Party calls on other parties to campaign to prevent bill C-51  from passing in the Senate. If the bill passes we call on all Federal parties to make the repeal of C-51 a clear and written part of their official platform for the 2015 election.

Amidst the increasing calls for the abolition of Senate, this is an opportune time for Senators to show their value to Canadians by blocking the bill” said Party Leader Ric Lim, “The Senate can now show Canadians that they are still independent of Ottawa’s partisan games and can function, as they are intended, as a chamber of sobre second thought.

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Why Pirate Party?

1. Open Democracy

One of our main founding principles was Open Government. This means an Open Data policy with proactive disclosure and free access to government data. This will allow anyone to scrutinize and catch any error, negligence or corruption early on. Open Government also means increased transparency, and giving constituents real voices. This can be achieved with electoral reform .

2. Mincome / Basic Income Guarantee (B.I.G.)

Unemployment and income inequality is on the rise and we risk a breakdown of social cohesion without a system for resource distribution as we face increased automation. We're shifting from a bureaucratic culture of constant work-demands to a culture of passion, joy, and learning for the sake of learning.

Mincome will lead to cost savings and create a sustainable economy. See our press release for how that can be achieved.

3. Autonomy and Decentralization

We believe that the world works best when individuals are making informed decisions. It is our goal to get all information to all people, so they may be more informed voters, consumers, participants, and teachers. We do not need to force information culture & the hacker ethic onto people we can simply allow them to choose access. We believe the right to choose our identity, name, and appearance is inalienable.

4. Copyright and Patent Reform
Copyright and patent's main purpose was for propagation of culture and innovation. Our current copyright and patent laws are continuously being corrupted due to lobbying by copyright and patent monopolist. These monopolist refuses to innovate and provide wider access and pass on the savings from the new lower distribution cost. Instead the copyright and patent terms keeps getting extended to benefit the few to the detriment of the public interest. The opposite should happen. Copyright and patent terms should be shortened since our new information infrastructure (i.e. the internet) have brought us cheaper and faster means of distributing media contents and information. Mandatory licensing, owner's rights to a non-DRM product, open access to research data and shorter copyright term are some of the natural changes that is needed if we want to create a more open and progressive society. This will ensure future artist and innovator are not hampered by patent and copyright gatekeepers who uses rent seeking law for anti-competitive purposes.

Human beings increasingly have a moral duty to share information with one another. Libraries are stuck in the last century, enforcing artificial scarcity on digital content. If libraries were upgraded for the modern age, we would no longer need filesharing. And let's face it, watching and listening to whatever you want to is fun. It breaks down arbitrary global borders of access and creates a global culture defined by people- not by corporations.

At the Pirate Party- we believe more information leads to better decisions. We believe that more voices leads to better compromises. We believe in Canadians.

Our democracy need a serious upgrade and Pirate Party aims to change politics to the way it should be.