After a week of turmoil, NDP leadership candidate Paul Dewar publicly called on Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, to resign in an online statement:
"Over the past week, the Minister of Public Safety has failed his ministerial responsibilities.
First he introduced Bill C-30 which undermines Canadians' online privacy. Then he accused Canadians who raised privacy concerns of supporting child pornography. Today we learned that he had not even reviewed the most intrusive provisions of the bill before introducing it in the House of Commons.
Canadians expect better. I call on Mr. Toews to step down as Minister of Public Safety.
The buck stops with the Prime Minister. He must hold his cabinet members to account."