National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, writer and activist in Ottawa.
Tim McSorley is the National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group. In the years since his studies in journalism and political science at Concordia University in Montreal, he has split his time between work in media and social justice – usually combining the two. This included serving as the National Coordinator for the Media Co-operative, and, most recently, as coordinator for the Voices-Voix Coalition, defending the right to dissent and free expression in Canada.
The ICLMG simply cannot support Bill C-22 in its current form. Not only will it not create a Committee of Parliamentarians capable of real and strong oversight over our national security apparatus, its mere creation will give Canadians the impression that proper parliamentary oversight exists - which will not be the case.
Proponents say preclearance will facilitate the flow of people and goods between the US and Canada. Under preclearance, a traveller passes through US customs in Canada, so they do not need to do so once they enter the US, and vice-versa. There are US preclearance areas in eight Canadian airports, along with some train and ferry crossings in BC, and plans to expand this to more Canadian airports and train stations. Canadian preclearance zones would also be established for the first time in the United States.
In 2011, the government introduced a ministerial directive that allows, under exceptional circumstances, for information garnered under torture by a foreign country to be transmitted to and used by Canadian security agencies. These kinds of directives play a clear role in perpetuating human rights abuses.
The RCMP feels that its voice and the voices of other law enforcement agencies aren't being heard in the government's public consultation on national security, which runs online until midnight PST December 15. Could something so weighted towards police powers have truly excluded the police?