Vic Toews: Internet Turns On Public Safety Minister Over Lawful Access Bill And Child Pornography (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post Canada   First Posted: 02/16/2012 10:54 am Updated: 02/17/2012 1:15 pm

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Vic Toews, Canada's Public Safety Minister, is getting savaged on the Internet, such as #tellviceverything, after he introduced the Tories' new online surveillance bill C-30, the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act. (YouTube)

In the parlance of the times, Vic Toews is getting pwned.

Canada's Public Safety Minister is getting savaged on the Internet after he introduced the Tories' new online surveillance bill C-30, the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act.

While the bill doesn't actually mention children or predators anywhere except in the title, Toews used the argument in the House of Commons that those who are against the bill to widen authorities' access to our online data stand with the those who prey on children.

Then, on CTV's "Power Play" with Don Martin, Toews essentially denied he had linked the bill's critics with child pornogrpahers. "I didn't exactly say that, Don. In fact, it was a far cry from that," the Minister said.

Enter YouTube user SleepyRobAnders.

The video impresario behind recent clips of sleeping MPs, flip flops and finger guns, put together a clip comparing Toews comments on "Power Play" with what he actually said in the House — to devastating effect. The clip is now racking up views on YouTube.

The video isn't the first or only Internet attack on Toews.

On Wednesday, the Web erupted after an anonymous Twitter account began posting material allegedly lifted from affidavits related to Toews divorce. On Thursday, the account moved on to tweets on the Minister's spending habits. Toews responded on Twitter that he wouldn't get involved in this sort of "gutter politics," but the Web didn't let up.


Instead, users across Canada began crafting hilarious tweets around the hashtags #DontToewsMeBro AND #TellVicEverything. Even Justin Trudeau, who denounced the anonymous tweets on Toews' divorce, joined in the fun.

FUNNIEST #DontToewsMeBro AND #TellVicEverything TWEETS

The vigorous response from the Web seems to be a sign that pushback on the Conservatives' online surveillance bill, and a separate bill on copyright reform, is beginning to resemble the successful opposition to the SOPA and PIPA bills in the United States, which culminated in Black Wednesday, when sites such as Wikipedia and Reddit shut down in opposition to a more regulated Internet.

The Conservatives are styling Bill C-30 as a law to protect children from online predators, but privacy advocates and opposition MPs say it's far too broad.

Among other provisions, it would allow authorities access to Internet subscriber information — including name, address, telephone number and email address — without first getting a court's go-ahead.

Currently, it is voluntary for Internet service providers to hand such data to police.

Amid the strong online response, the Tories have already indicated they may bend on the bill. Looks like pwnage can get political.

Video via SleepyRobAnders on YouTube. Get the latest videos on Twitter.

With files from The Canadian Press.

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  • What's In Online-Snooping Bill

    Like similar legislation introduced in the past by both Conservative and Liberal governments, the new bill includes provisions that would: <em>With files from CBC</em> (Shutterstock)

  • Warantless Online Info

    Require telecommunications and internet providers to give subscriber data to police, national security agencies and the Competition Bureau without a warrant, including names, phone numbers and IP addresses. (CP)

  • Back Door Access

    Force internet providers and other makers of technology to provide a "back door" to make communications accessible to police. (Getty)

  • Location, Location, Location

    Allow police to get warrants to obtain information transmitted over the internet and data related to its transmission, including locations of individuals and transactions. (Alamy)

  • Preserve Data

    Allow courts to compel other parties to preserve electronic evidence. (Alamy)

  • New Bill Is Different

    However, unlike the most recent previous version of the bill, the new legislation: (Alamy)

  • Less Data

    Requires telecommunications providers to disclose, without a warrant, just six types of identifiers from subscriber data instead of 11. (Alamy)

  • Oversight

    Provides for an internal audit of warrantless requests that will go to a government minister and oversight review body. Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews is pictured. (CP)

  • Review After 5 Years

    Includes a provision for a review after five years. (Alamy)

  • More Time To Implement

    Allows telecommunications service providers to take 18 months instead of 12 months to buy equipment that would allow police to intercept communications. (Alamy)

  • Expanded Definitions

    Changes the definition of hate propaganda to include communication targeting sex, age and gender. (Alamy)

FUNNIEST #DontToewsMeBro AND #TellVicEverything TWEETS

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  • Twitter Reacts To Vikileaks Resignation And Tory Online Surveillance Bill

    UPDATE: On Monday Feb. 27, Liberal leader acknowledged that a Liberal staffer was behind the Vikileaks30 Twitter account that released information about Vic Toews' divorce. That person has been fired and Rae has apologized to the House Of Commons. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews faced an online backlash due to his championing of Bill C-30, the lawful access bill. Two hashtags, <a href="!/search/%23donttoewsmebro -rt" target="_hplink">#donttoewsmebro</a> and <a href="!/search?q=%23TellVicEverything" target="_hplink">#tellviceverything</a> became the vocal points of internet humour and commentary. Photo: CP

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