Canadian Constitutional lawyer : Bill C-51 creates “A Modern Day Gestapo”

Canada’s Bill C-51:
“A Fascist And Dictatorial Piece Of Legislation”,
Creates “A Modern Day Gestapo”
– Constitutional Lawyer Rocco Galati


Global Research, June 07, 2015
Huffingtonpost 1 June 2015

The constitutional lawyer who torpedoed Stephen Harper’s pick for the Supreme Court says he will contest the government’s anti-terror legislation in court, if it passes.

Rocco Galati, who successfully challenged Harper’s choice of Justice Marc Nadon for the top bench last year, spoke out against Bill C-51 — the Anti-Terrorism Act — at a rally in Toronto on Saturday.

His speech contained some incendiary allusions to Nazi Germany and an accusation that the federal government has tapped his phone since 1999.

Appearing next to NDP MP Andrew Cash, Galati said C-51 creates “a modern-day Gestapo,” referencing the brutal, secret Nazi police force.

“No exaggeration, that’s what it creates,” he said. “It chills, censors, and criminalizes free speech, free association, and constitutional rights of assembly.”

Galati added that “German and Italian versions” of C-51 were passed in the 1930s.

The lawyer received big applause when he urged Canadians not to vote for any MP or political party supporting the controversial Tory bill. The Liberals voted in favour of its passing, but have vowed to amend the legislation if they win the next election to provide better oversight of national security agencies.

New Democrat and Green MPs voted against the bill.

“This is quite clearly a fascist and dictatorial piece of legislation and appeasement of it is unacceptable,” he said.

Galati vowed that his group, the Constitutional Rights Centre, will fight the bill in court.

Several hundred protesters gathered at Queen’s Park Saturday to call on the Senate to stop the bill, the Toronto Sun reports. Though some Liberal senators have said they will vote against C-51, it is expected to easily clear the upper chamber.

The bill has been denounced by the federal privacy commissioner, the Canadian Bar Association, First Nations groups, environmental organizations, and civil libertarians. Tories, however, have countered that the measures in the bill are needed to keep Canadians safe.

C-51 gives the Canadian Security Intelligence Service enhanced power to actively thwart terror plots, broadens no-fly list powers, and increases the exchange of federal security information. It also creates a new criminal offence of the act of encouraging someone to carry out an attack.

The bill also makes it easier for the RCMP to obtain a peace bond to restrict the movements of suspects and extend the amount of time they can be kept in preventative detention.

C-51 passed third reading in the House of Commons (1)


Rough and partial transcript of the video
by CNLib

Rocco Galati :

”I’ve been living the fascist security state since 1999 when the first started wiretapping me and they are continuing to wiretap me. I said, I have been living the security secret police state in Canada since 1999 when the first wiretap went on to my phones.

Now, with respect to Bill C-51 basically and there’s five things.

  1. One it takes all your private information and shares it with all government agencies including foreign governments. and for some Canadian citizens that becomes an eventuality of torture and or death when you’re traveling abroad.

  2. Secondly it restricts arbitrarily who can travel.

  3. Thirdly it makes freedom of expression and political criticism with respect to quote ‘terrorism’ and the government’s role a terrorist offence in itself. So words and thoughts become an act of terrorism under this bill.

  4. It allows CSIS to disrupt covertly constitutionally protected rights of association, expression, and protest.

  5. And lastly it does all this by taking away all any transparent judicial oversight.

What this legislation creates – and make no mistake about – it is a modern-day Gestapo. No exaggeration : that’s what it creates. And if it’s passed, it’s created it. It chills, censors, sensors and criminalizes free speech, free association, and constitutional rights of assembly.

This legislation is not new; German Italian versions have passed in the nineteen thirties in Europe, and they look very much like C-51 – very hard to distinguish them.

I’m not politically partisan but I’ll say two things. That any MP who voted for this bill should not get any Canadian citizens vote. Any candidate who is running for a party who voted for this bill should not get a Canadian citizens vote.

This is quite clearly a fascist and dictatorial piece of legislation and appeasement of it is unacceptable. We at the Constitutional Rights Center will challenge the constitutionality of this bill and encourage other organizations to do the same.

You’ll note that I rudely did not thank you for being here today; I’m not gonna thank you : it’s your duty to be here, to take care of your constitutional rights. (…) Everybody should be at this time event. (…) Be on the lookout, do not live in fear.

We venture into the final fascist state, which started with the Chrétien government and is now come full mile.

Thank you.”

(1) © Ryan Maloney, Huffingtonpost, 2015


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