(In this letter, I discounted the possibility of parliament actually surviving long enough before Harper had to prorogue it again; it never occurred to me that MacKay and Harper would piss off the Supreme Court so much that ANY government legislation would be D.O.A.)
August 17, 2013
Mr. Peter MacKay, M.P.
House of Commons
Dear Mr. MacKay:
An interesting story appeared in today’s National Post: “Peter MacKay insists Conservatives (sic) are not moving Canada toward U.S-style justice.” When a news story quotes a politician, it is important to remind oneself that the politician intends to do the exact opposite of what he is claiming.
Buried way down towards the bottom of the story: “MacKay said he also won’t be intimidated or deterred from considering new lawful access provisions despite privacy concerns that ultimately led to the death of previous bills. “
You can consider lawful access provisions all you want. You’re still not going to get them. As criminality in the senate continues to be exposed on a wider and wider scale every day, and as more scandals emerge, Mr. Harper will continue to resort to his old trick of proroguing parliament (i.e. going back to 24 Sussex and hiding until the thing blows over). That means your bill will die with it. Again and again.
And if, by some miracle you do get your warantless wiretapping bill through parliament and the disgraced senate, the Supreme Court will strike it down before it ever goes into effect. And, unfortunately for you, you won’t be able to “reform” the court in time to stop that from happening.
Conservatives such as myself are counting down the days until the next election. After your party suffers an apocalypse not seen since 1993, we can take the party back and rebuild it with the true libertarian conservative ideals that our founder, Preston Manning intended (yes, yes, I know you came from the Joe Clark / Brian Mulroney side; they wouldn’t even have done what Harper has done).
Canadians will not accept the police state that has incrementally taken over our American friends. Thanks to Edward Snowden, Big Media is now discussing topics once relegated to overnight talk radio shows and shows originating from Austin, Texas.
As I told your predecessor and Mr. Toews, if you dare to propose warrantless wiretapping (or lawful access, as you prefer to call it) I want the right as a Canadian citizen to drop by your office or your home and see what is in your computer. I want to record your telephone calls. I want to attach a GPS tracking device underneath your car and see where you go at night. And I want the same right to inspect every police department employee.
I assure you sir, you are seriously underestimating the mood of the Canadian people if you think we are going to let you get away with this.
Before you consider such legislation, I respectfully suggest you canvass your colleagues in caucus. Make sure none of them have downloaded any videos from the internet. That none of them have ever gone driving around looking for company at night (female or otherwise). And you absolutely want to be certain nobody has ever – or will ever – seek out recreational pharmaceuticals. Because people more enterprising than myself will find out.
As I have repeatedly told my M.P., your police state stops at the Niagara River. Canadians are not going to put up with it. I thought we made that clear the last time Mr. Toews tried this. Yet “your” government keeps scheming.
In closing, I do support your intention to toughen impaired driving / drugged driving penalties,. I would even go so far as to suggest a name for it: Rahim’s Law. Perhaps on the day it goes into effect, you can hop into an F-18, land in front of the Orangeville court house and hold a photo-op.