(April 18, 2015) Canadians attending rallies in Calgary and Edmonton to protest Bill C-51 – the federal government’s new “security” law – heard from CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts and Treasurer Glynnis Lieb.
“The Canadian Union of Public Employees believes in democratic rights to free speech and to assembly,” Roberts said at the Calgary rally. “C-51 threatens to paint anyone who opposes this repressive government as a terrorist, with the aim of scaring people away from dissent.”
Speaking in Edmonton, Lieb said the law would allow government agencies like the health department to share personal information with the RCMP.
“Your financial records, your health records – they all become fodder for government agents,” Lieb said. “What was once considered to be the stuff of conspiracy theories is becoming the law of the land in Canada.”
Public support for C-51 has dropped to less than 33 per cent across Canada, as citizens learn more about the bill and its impacts.
“So far, only the NDP is opposing this bill in the House of Commons,” Roberts said. “We’re calling on CUPE members to write their MPs and call on them to kill this legislation.”
“C-51 must be stopped,” Roberts said.