Citizen Action Monitor

“What this legislation creates is a modern-day Gestapo,” says constitutional lawyer of Harper’s Bill C-51

Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati vows to challenge the bill if it becomes law

No 1360 Posted by fw, June 5, 2015

In the embedded video below, watch Galati cite five objections to Harper’s Bill C-51, advising Canadians not to vote for Conservative and Liberal party candidates who supported it. He also expressed the view that it is the “duty” of Canadians to attend protest rallies held to oppose threats to their rights and freedoms.

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Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati plans to challenge Bill C-51 in Federal court by Veritas News Now, May 30, 2015

 

Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati told the crowd he would mount a court challenge if the bill is passed into law, drawing a cheer. “What this legislation creates is a modern-day Gestapo,” Galati said. “No exaggeration, that’s what it creates. It chills, sensors and criminalizes free speech, free association and constitutional rights of assembly.”

The Toronto [protest rally] featured high profile speakers including renowned constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati who has stated that he plans to challenge Bill C-51 in Federal Court.

Rocco Galati is the same lawyer who took on Harper’s Supreme Court of Canada nominee and had him rejected on unconstitutional grounds and is currently taking on the Bank of Canada under the COMER case.

The Canadian Bar Association representing over 37,000 lawyers, Judges, and law professors fully came out in support of Canadians marching in protest of Secret Police Bill C51.

To date Bill C-51 is opposed by a majority of Canadians according to new polls. Less than 33% of Canadians are in favor of the bill, down drastically from 82% who supported the bill when it first appeared, mainly due to social media, raising public awareness, rallies.

Tens of thousands mobilized across Canada on March 14th, and April 18th in over 100 cities and communities in total. Over 225,000 people signed petitions in Canada opposing Bill C-51. Virtually all of Canada’s national newspaper editorials have spoken out against it, along with the Green Party, the NDP, 4 former prime ministers, civil liberties advocates, Canada’s privacy commissioners, former Supreme Court justices, and former attorney generals. Sixty Canadian business leaders signed a letter against Bill C-51.

Other opponents include: the Canadian bar association representing over 36,000 lawyers; the people behind Mozilla’s Firefox Internet browser; 100 Quebec organizations; seven leading Canadian Human rights groups; the union representing over 51,000 Canada Post workers; the Electronic Frontier Foundation; hundreds of constitutional lawyers; Native Chiefs across the nations; former CSIS agents; NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden; Conrad Black; Rex Murphy; Ralph Nader; to name just a few. The Conservatives and the Liberals are the sole political parties who voted to pass bill C-51 in Parliament.

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