Dear Editors of the Province
RE "Massive Empire of Surveillance" November 16, 2005- the sweeping
surveillance bill introduced in Parliament November 15,2005 called The
Modernization of Investigative Techniques Act.
Thank you for covering this issue. The sweeping surveillance bill introduced
in Parliament November 15,2005 called The Modernization of Investigative
Techniques Act is a gross violation of Canadian civil liberties, of our
Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and of our Constitutional entitlements. It
must not be tolerated . Every politician who supports it is an enemy of
Canada, our people, and our freedom. Every Canadian who cares about his/ her
liberty must take a stand now. It is truly a question of liberty vs a
police state. This Act is an attack on not only freedom of speech, but
freedom of thought. It is Orwell's 1984 coming to fruition.
The Canadian Action Party months ago requested a copy of this bill,
but our government has failed to release it to us. The only details of the
terms of the pending bill that we gleaned came from the media, both
mainstream and internet. The philosophy and real reasons for it we have
learned by examining the following documents which we obtained from the
internet. (Will this Bill threaten or restrict our capability to conduct
such research in the future? Am I to be defined as a "terrorist" for
1. The discussion paper of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives
posted on their website November 2, 2005 called, "Building a 21st Century
Canada- United States Partnership in North America, April 2004".
2. "The Canada-US Smart Border Declaration" with a 30 point action Plan
signed December 12,2001.
4. "The Report of Ministers to the Leaders" (President Bush, President
Fox, Prime Minister Martin) -SPP- (Security and Prosperity Partnership)-
North America, June 2005. See:
Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, David Emerson, Minister of
Industry, and Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of Foreign Affairs are the
reporting Ministers for Canada.
5. Report of the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America
called "Building A North American Community." See: Trilateral Task Force
These reports and agreements reveal a very disturbing fact. Prime
Minister Martin and his Ministers are not setting policy for Canada. They
are taking instructions from the USA's president Bush and doing his bidding.
The background force driving all the Leaders of Canada, Mexico and USA are
the Chief Executive officers of the most influential corporations of those
The most influential chief executive officers of the three nations want
a unified North America by 2010. They need an enforcement system. This bill
to spy on good citizens, especially those who will dissent and oppose this
system, is one prong of that policing mechanism.
In the "Report of Ministers to the Leaders" -SPP- North America, June
2005, (number 4 above) the Ministers report that on March 23, 2005 the three
Leaders of Canada, Mexico and USA instructed their respective Ministers to
create an "architecture" which would further enhance the security of North
America. The report of the Ministers refers to the commitment of the Three
Leaders on March 23, 2005 to "Establish a common approach to security to
protect North America from external threats, prevent and respond to threats
within North America....".
The Ministers report that experts from the three countries met between
March and June of 2005 developing specific plans and objectives to meet the
common security goals in an "evolving and strengthening North American
Relationship". The Ministers report that they have established plans to
enhance partnerships on intelligence and information sharing including
developing a comprehensive law enforcement strategy.
The United States just recently passed their internet spying law. My guess
is the language of The Modernization of Investigative Techniques Act is
modeled on the USA Internet spying act, just as our anti terrorism law, our
Anti Terrorism Act, mirrors the USA Patriot Act .
The Canada -US Smart Border Declaration was signed December 12, 2001 by
John Manley when he was Deputy Prime Minister and Tom Ridge US Homeland
Security Director. Point 24 of this 30 point action plan refers to Joint
Enforcement Coordination- a comprehensive and permanent coordination of law
enforcement , anti terrorism efforts and information sharing. Point 25 is
about Integrated Intelligence- joint teams to analyze and disseminate
information and intelligence, and to produce threat and intelligence
This internet, e mail, cell phone spying is not about pornography as Anne
McLellan whitewashes to sell it. Her hypocrisy here is as guilty as the
duplicity found out it the Gomery report on fiscal corruption in the system.
The 9/11 justification is wearing more than thin. What the ministers call
"architecture", I call the trappings of a police state. I do not want it. No
Canadians were asked if we wanted it. No Canadians were asked if we wanted
a regime change into an unaccountable unelected North American Union ruled
by Orwellian laws that imprison us. The Empire of Surveillance must be
struck down! All Canadians are entitled to security and prosperity, not
imprisonment and poverty.
Connie Fogal, Leader, Canadian Action Party, and Director, Defence of
Canadian Liberty Committee.
My hometown is Vancouver BC. Telephone 604 872 2128
Connie Fogal, Leader ,Canadian Action Party/ parti action Canadienne
Tel: (604)872 2128; or (604) 708 3372 (FAX: 604) 872 -1504
Canadian ActionParty Head office : # 385- 916 West Broadway, Vancouver BC,
V521K7; e mail:
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