Harassment/Privacy violation

Criminalization of Indigenous Communities

Public Safety Canada disclosed that the Government Operations Centre gathers information on Indigenous rallies for the purpose of “maintaining awareness” of such events. However, there is no evidence that these Indigenous activists present a risk to safety and security. Canadians are concerned that the Trudeau government has continued with the Harper-era surveillance of Indigenous communities.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society - Updated

Updated study: Chronic underfunding of child and family services for 163,000 First Nations children prompted First Nations Child and Family Caring Society to file a discrimination complaint against Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2007. After almost ten years of litigation and 72 days of hearings, an NDP motion may have forced the Liberal government into action. This is a fully updated version of the study first published in 2011.

Bill C-23 - Preclearance Act

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Bill C-23 would give new and expanded powers to U.S. preclearance officers. The fear of abuse or misuse of these powers, given the shift in the U.S. political climate, has created considerable discomfort for many in any notion of handing over more significant powers to the Trump administration, especially on Canadian soil.

Loyalty Oaths and the Public Service

Since 2012, the federal government has instituted a series of legislative and policy changes that threatened the freedom of expression guaranteed to members of the public service, both through their Charter rights as Canadians but also through decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Pamela Palmater

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Pamela Palmater is an Indigenous lawyer, university professor and activist. Following the news, in 2011, that other Indigenous activists were being surveilled by Canadian security agencies, she filed an Access to Information and Privacy request and learned that she herself is under surveillance.

The Supreme Court of Canada

In May of 2014, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s integrity was called into question by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and by Justice Minister Peter McKay, over a phone call Justice McLachlin made to the Minister of Justice regarding the purported appointment of Justice Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada.  


The New Veterans Charter (NVC; 2006) significantly reduced the pension entitlement of Canadian veterans of modern conflicts; 21st century Conservative federal budgets cut services to Canadian veterans; the federal government violated the privacy rights of certain veterans. In response, critics, including the first Veterans Ombudsman, and groups such as the Canadian Legion strongly protested the threat to what they argued was a ‘social contract’ between Canada and its serving men and women.

Joanna Gualtieri

Joanna Gualtieri

After blowing the whistle on alleged excessive costs for Canadian diplomats and staff in the Department of Foreign Affairs during the early 1990s, Joanna Gualtieri claimed that she was harassed, ostracized by her bosses and given a dead-end job.

Sharryn Aiken

Sharryn Aiken

In 2009, Sharryn Aiken was one of four organizers for an academic conference entitled “Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace”, co-sponsored by Queen’s and York University and held in Toronto at York’s main campus.

Dennis Manuge

Dennis Manuge

Between 2002 and 2010, civil servants accessed Dennis Manuge’s medical records on hundreds of occasions.