Human Rights

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.

Attack on Digital Privacy Rights of Canadians

Rather than reversing newly legislated state intrusions into digital privacy rights, the Liberal government agenda has effectively encouraged the expansion of digital surveillance of Canadians both at home and abroad. The civil liberties organizations and privacy watchdogs have repeatedly criticized the unnecessary and wide ranging digital privacy elements of C-51 and its establishment of the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act.

Abousfian Abdelrazik

Abousfian Abdelrazik

16 March 2017 - The federal government has settled the lawsuit initiated by Abousfian Abdelrazik over CSIS documents leaked to the newspaper La Presse in 2011, with the alleged intent to discredit him. These documents were subsequently used by the newspaper in a report which contained “inflammatory and false accusations about extremist activities.”

Asad Ansari

Asad Ansari, a Canadian-Pakistani dual citizen, faced the revocation of his Canadian Citizenship under the provisions of Bill C-24 (Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act). Convicted of terrorism charges under section 83.18(1) of the Criminal Code, and therefore facing revocation of his citizenship, Ansari joined the BCCLA and CARL in their challenge of the constitutionality of the law. The law is now in the process of being amended, under Bill C-6 (currently in front of the Senate). Mr. Ansari has retained his Canadian citizenship, but concerns continue to exist that C-6 does not go far enough in protecting other citizens from revocation of status.

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.

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.

Canadian Unitarian Council

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has told the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) that it can no longer work for justice in the world. This is an unexpected development given Prime Minister Trudeau’s Mandate Letter directing the Minister of National Revenue to implement a policy to “allow charities to do their work on behalf of Canadians free of political harassment.”

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

On February 22, 2016, the House of Commons passed a Conservative motion to “reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement” and “call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.” The Canadian government has repeatedly silenced criticism of the policies of the state of Israel, as well as discussion of Palestinian human rights.

Canadian Human Rights Commission and Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act

Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Harper government rolled back longstanding human rights protections in Canada by repealing section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA).[1] Section 13 prohibited speech inciting hatred of people based on race, religion, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics.

Court Challenges Program

Court Challenges Program

En septembre 2006, le gouvernement Harper a coupé le budget entier du Programme de contestation judiciaire du Canada. Les coupures de financement étant sous l’autorité de l’exécutif seulement, cette décision n’a exigé aucun débat ni ratification de la part de la Chambre des communes.