BC FIPA has presented its submisson on the Anti-terrorism Act to the House of Commons Subcommittee on Public Safety and National Security.
The submission, titled “Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act:
an unjustified limitation of freedom of information and privacy rights” lays out BC FIPA’s position on the Anti-terrorism Act (ATA) and how it threatens freedom of information and privacy in Canada.
BC FIPA believes that the relationship between freedom of information, privacy and the ATA is one that profoundly impacts the health of democracy in Canada. Further, we believe that Parliament should be concerned about how the ATA’s failure to respect privacy and information rights has the side effect of inhibiting Canada’s ability to effectively fight terrorism and ensure public safety.
FIPA recommends that the changes brought in by the ATA be rolled back. They are unnecessary and therefore wasteful, and potentially harmful to public safety.