The Liberal government wants to hear from you about revamping national security legislation. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould launched an online consultation process at Canada Place in Edmonton Thursday, which will solicit feedback on everything from preventing attacks to ensuring intelligence agencies are accountable.
“Our highest national security objectives are two fold,” Goodale said. “First, to be effective in keeping Canadians safe, and at the same time to safe guard our rights and freedoms and the open and inclusive generous democratic character of our country.”
The government has promised to repeal what it calls the problematic elements of omnibus security legislation, known as Bill C-51, ushered in by the previous Conservative government.
“We want to be among the best countries in the world with the knowledge, the talent and the means to detect the insidious influences that suck people in, especially young people to a destructive path to violence and then we want to be able to intervene effectively to prevent tragedies,” Goodale said.
“By launching these consultations our government has two fundamental and equally important obligations,” Wilson-Raybould told reporters. “To protect the safety and security of Canadians at home and abroad, and to uphold the constitution to ensure that our laws respect the rights and personal freedoms of all.”
She said the online comments are just one way the government will gauge opinion. “We believe the best discussions, the best solutions are informed by diverse perspective, dialog and debate and the contributions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast with a wide range of backgrounds and personal experiences.”
The online survey will remain in place until Dec. 1, 2016.
(sj-with files from the Canadian Press)
click here to go to the government website, and follow the links to the survey