Ten national organizations including civil liberties, anti-racism, and groups representing immigrants and refugees are calling for the federal government to scrap plans for a “No Fly List” in a joint letter to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.
We believe that the [No Fly] List raises grave concerns regarding the sharing of personal information with foreign governments … Furthermore, it compounds the already existing problem with the American No Fly List that airlines (including Canadian airlines) are required to use.
Although the Privacy Commissioner has publicly expressed concern(s) about the No Fly List, and despite the poor record of the US experience with No Fly Lists, the Government seems
determined to move forward with the program. The American experience has shown that such a program is highly vulnerable to abuse.
We strongly believe that this program represents a massive infringement on the basic rights and civil liberties of Canadians, including the serious threat of racial, ethnic and religious profiling. As such, we are concerned about the lack of a genuine democratic process engaged in the articulation of this “No Fly List” program.