Lilley: Tory crime bill an attack on our liberty
May 06, 2011
By Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau
It is said that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance and thatís just as true now, after the Conservative win, as it was before.
Iím sure that some Tory supporters have been dancing in the streets singing Let Freedom Reign, but putting your faith in any one political party is having blind faith.
The people with the power are the ones we often need to be most afraid of, nameless, faceless bureaucrats with immense power to set regulations that can be impossible to overturn. And since we donít vote for them, they have no reason to fear us.
Politicians donít really run the show, they just set some direction and hope the bureaucrats get it right.
We hope our elected officials act as an oversight on our behalf, but we canít count on it.
If you donít want intrusive laws creeping up, if you donít want your liberty eroded, then itís up to you to stand on guard.
The Conservatives plan on introducing an omnibus crime bill when the House resumes that wraps all of their previous legislation into one.
The bill is promoted as allowing police to track and prosecute the perverts passing around child pornography and allows them to update their monitoring techniques to deal with the ever-changing computerized world we live in.
Sounds fine. What could be wrong with that?
In fact, thereís nothing wrong with that part, but there is plenty to worry about in what they propose to do regarding hate crimes.
The bill plans to make it a crime to link to any website that promotes hatred.
Hereís what the Library of Parliament says about the bill on its website: ďClause 5 of the bill provides that the offences of public incitement of hatred and wilful promotion of hatred may be committed by any means of communication and include making hate material available, by creating a hyperlink that directs web surfers to a website where hate material is posted, for example.Ē
For simply posting a link to a website that has material someone else deems hateful, you could go to jail for two years and be branded a criminal.
The Internet police. Only in Canada.