Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s Internet surveillance Bill C-30 is dead. The demise of the deceptively christened Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act is a victory for the Internet. For Canadian democracy. For Canadians. Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson confirmed it yesterday when he announced that the Conservatives won’t be pursuing the adoption of the police-state-style online surveillance legislation.
The Conservatives today dragged the former Liberal party staffer behind the famous VikiLeaks30 Twitter affair before the parliamentary Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. And they hoped to crucify Adam Carroll. Make him an example for all of us who may dare challenge the excesses of abused political power. But Carroll came prepared to fight. Quote:
“I took an approach that, put simply, argued, if the minister feels strongly that he should know everything about us, perhaps we should know more about the man who wants unrestricted access to our information.”