What Pinoys in Canada should know about Bill C-51

By Marieton Pacheco, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Apr 23 2015 03:03 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2015 11:03 PM

VANCOUVER, Canada - Opposition to Canada's proposed anti-terrorism law Bill C-51 has just gotten louder.

Protesters again rallied at the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of nationwide actions to spread awareness, gather more support, and say no the bill.

"This takes away our rights to protest, to do anything that is in disagreement with the government of Canada. People here in Canada don't support it and we're demanding that this doesn't push through," said Janine Solanki, chair of the Mobilization Against War and Occupation.

Protester Kimball Cariou described the bill as "a very frightening legislation".

"Bill C-51 is legislation that expands the powers of the secret police to monitor all forms of communication in Canada, to watch for people who are speaking out against various policies and to see if those people should be considered terrorists".

Bill C-51 was introduced by the conservative government in January following the attack on Parliament Hill last year.

It seeks to amend some of Canada's laws to allow agencies to share private information, monitor online activities, beef up Canada's spy agency, and criminalize the promotion of terrorism among others.

Government says it's for public safety but in less than 3 months, about 200,000 Canadians have signed the petition against Bill C-51 already.

Community news editor Yul Baritugo said Filipino Canadians should be aware of Bill C-51 and its possible effects.

"Basically, what the conservatives are imposing, ay pinanggalingan nating, martial law. This is another form of martial law. Di ka pwede magsulat. Di ka pwede mag express ng opinion otherwise you will be penalized," the Metrovan Independent editor said.

More actions across Canada have been planned in the coming months to campaign against the bill.

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