Since 2014, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has been pushing back against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) through complaints filed with the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), the oversight body for CSIS.
BCCLA alleges that CSIS illegally spies on activist and environmental groups that operate in Canada and passes that information on to petroleum companies.
The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) supports BCCLA’s pursuit of government transparency, accountability, and the public’s right to question those in power.
In addition, FIPA concurs that spying on people who are exercising their right to protest is an attack on our freedom of expression, an abuse that cannot be tolerated in a free and democratic society.
We encourage you to support BCCLA, along with the other organizations involved in the complaint (Sierra Club of BC, the Dogwood Initiative, Leadnow.ca, and STAND), by learning more about their challenge to the unconstitutional spying on Canadians.