Canada's spy-bill minister has no idea what is in his own law


33 Responses to “Canada's spy-bill minister has no idea what is in his own law”

  1. Sarge Misfit says:

    So who determines what those “exceptional circumstances” are?

    That’s what a warrant does. Currently, the cops have to go before a judge to explain what the “exceptional circumstances” are before being granted a warrant.

    This bill removes one of the checks against abuse of power.

  2. Mordicai says:

    Translation: “Why, I just copy & pasted from the document the lobbyists sent me, I didn’t actually bother to read it!”

  3. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    You pedophiles expected me to actually read what the bill says instead of what the note in the envelope of cash said?!

  4. goopy says:

    I think he is playing a dumb because of vehement protest from the public he didn’t expect;in the process he made himself look like incompetent.

  5. snagglepuss says:

    Canadian legislators readying to enact a law they don’t even vaguely understand, with opposing viewpoints shut out of the process.

    An all-male tribunal preparing to pass laws concerning women’s contraceptive rights, with female viewpoints shut out of the process.

    I’ve GOT to learn how to make a meme. Anybody else who already can, feel free to run with that idea.

    • suburbanhick says:

      yeah! something along the lines of  “u can tell they’re lying because their lips r moving”….

    • liquidstar says:

       how about “Camel Toews:  He needs to see them.”

      • suburbanhick says:

        LMAO! Unfortunately, his name is pronounced like “Taves”, as in “shaves” or “graves”. *SO* close, though – nice one!

      • Morwen says:

        Actually, it’s pronounced “tase” as in “Don’t Toews me, bro.”

        • suburbanhick says:

          “You say potatoes. I say potahtoes…”

          According to CP, CBC and Wikipedia, it’s Taves. Apparently some do use the pronunciation ‘tase’ (or changed their name outright, usually to Tayes), but our man Vic is a traditionalist.

          As a BTW, apparently many immigrant families with similarly German-sounding names changed them during one of the world wars – to avoid discrimination.

    • elix says:

      Don’t forget SOPA/PIPA, where you had dozens of federal policymakers in the most powerful country in the world who not only candidly admitted to not understanding even the fundamentals of what they were talking about, but explicitly made comments about not wanting to bother to understand the technology they were preparing to regulate.

      Are there any English- or French-speaking countries on the planet that both have a sane democratic government and don’t encourage things like beating your wife for backtalk? Because I don’t want to live on this continent anymore.

  6. suburbanhick says:

    So our vaunted Minister of Public Safety is either: a) a flat-out liar or, b) hopelessly incompetent. Or, I guess he COULD be both. Gee – whadda surprise!

    I felt better when it was Stockwell “Doris” Day – at least everyone KNEW he was just a blow-dried, vacuous talking head.

  7. drukqs says:

    Bringing RTFM to a whole new level.

  8. danegeld says:

    surely it would be illegal and an abuse of the demo-client-cratic process, for the members of parliament to actually be familiar with the content of the laws they are enacting? The text of the law, and the ability to interpret or influence that text must be kept segregated at all stages in order to facilitate the protection of established business models against change, challenge, and competition. The public choose the people who will enact the laws, thus technically qualifying as “democracy”, whilst the people who enact the laws are fed policy from vested interest groups. The MPs are clients of the industry, the populace are clients of the industry.

    From the business perspective, all citizens are either consumers or criminals; the vested interests merely need the evidence and the ability to enforce their laws arbitrarily against the subset of people who merit destruction according to their own specific agendas. It’s not a proper tyranny otherwise.

  9. Ender Wiggin says:

    sounds like someone laying an exit strategy for when the thing goes toxic.

  10. U N Owen says:

    i want to know how many mens magazines minister toews has that contain under age models in their advertisements, and i want to know exactly how many ‘child pornography content and related sites’ show up on his computers and devices. 

    • elix says:

      I guess you’re missing the part where, in different words, he said he doesn’t read. What good are magazines and websites if you don’t (or can’t?) read?

      Oh, wait, pictures. How silly of me, please do carry on.

  11. liquidstar says:

    Another in a very long line up of politicians who claim ignorance in the face of responsibility.  There should be a rule whereby every elected official, upon using the “wha? I didn’t know!” excuse should be immediately and powerfully expelled from their position like explosive diarrhea.  The canadian prime minister knows this,  and is quietly waiting for his true inevitable screw-up to use it.  Can’t wait for that;  as it’s clear that he’s the worst micro-manager in history.

    • Joe Seatter says:

      Well there used to be a custom where that was the case.  Ministerial responsibility has been horribly eroded in Canada though, so that now bureaucrats regularly take the blame, rather than the ministers themselves.

  12. Colin Curry says:

    Canuckleheads: This bill is being discussed right now on CBC’s Cross Country Checkup. Call 1-888-416-8333 or use their online email submission form

    • liquidstar says:

       The Canadian Rumpelstiltskin? No thanks;  don t like to feed the trolls.

      • dbergen says:

        I used to think ole Trolly was great, but after his, frankly shocking, comments on the Occupy movement, I no longer tune in to anything he says.

        • liquidstar says:

            Yes, there was a time I liked him as well;  sometimes I wonder if he realizes how hardline he sounds now.  His excessive character assassination of Justin Trudeau the other day was disappointing, barely a shred of real argument in the whole rambling monologue.

  13. Nadreck says:

    I don’t know why anyone would expect any of the Ministers to know anything about any legislation.  They’re not in the Prime Ministers Office, where all of the bills originate and where they’re administered.  The guys in parliament are just trained seals who raise their hands at various appointed intervals as part of some old ceremony that used to be necessary to legalise the bills.  It’s a dreadful waste of paper to copy all those guys as to the details of new laws as they have nothing to do with proposing or administering them.

    • Marja Erwin says:

      One *could* argue that Canada crossed the line from parliamentary pseudo-democracy to dictatorship the first time Harper dissolved parliament to stop an investigation into his corruption. Or the second time.

  14. MFLW says:

    This guy is an outrage and embarrassment to Canada. We’re not getting angry enough. The #TellVicEverything meme is not enough. This isn’t funny anymore.

    Canadians need to demand his resignation loudly.

  15. clintruin says:

    He didn’t read it because he just passed on what the GOP already wrote:

    US Republican Bill Submitted 05/25/11: “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011″ (H.R. 1981)

    Canadian CPC Bill Submitted 02/15/12: ‘Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act’

  16. hakuin says:

    did he really knock up his babysitter?

  17. Phil Courterelle says:

    It should be noted that Bill 30 is very similar to,  and arguably less invasive, then a bill introduced in 2005 by then Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin, called the Modernization of Investigative Techniques Act, the goal of which was to allow police the ability to install monitoring equipment (the equivalent of a wire tap) on an ISP customer base. Without a warrant. As Andrew Coyne of the National Post points out, there was nary a hue or a cry as there is today.

    This is not to say that Bill 30 is a good law, it isn’t, only that the public’s attention to such matters has changed dramatically in the the last six years thanks in part to sites like Boing Boing and the efforts or Cory D.

    That said, it’s highly unlikely the Supreme Court of Canada would allow warrantless access to an ISP customer databases or addresses. A few years ago the SCC struck down a case where the police entered a yard and peered into a window because the officer involved believed he smelled marijuana. The court argued that the officer, despite his keen nose, required a warrant to step onto the grass (irony) in order to confirm that he smelled someone smoking grass. Given this case, and others, it’s hard to believe that that the SCC would allow the police to snoop ISP addresses just because they suspected someone was surfing the ‘net for child porn.

    In short, get a warrant.

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