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Silencing Canada’s independent voices

21by Irwin Block

Mark Bourrie, Kill the Messengers:
Stephen Harper’s Assault on Your Right to Know.
Toronto: HarperCollins, 2015. 386 pages.

Alain Saulnier, Ici ÉTAIT Radio-Canada. Montreal:
Boréal, 2014. 275 pages.

When a Conservative-dominated parliamentary committee examining so-called antiterrorism legislation refused to hear Privacy Commissioner Daniel Thouin this winter, it surprised no one. In the memorandum he made public, Thouin warned that government operatives would gain ”the potential to know virtually everything about everyone” as they sought to identify suspected new threats. “The loss of privacy is clearly excessive … All Canadians will be caught in this web,” he wrote.

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About the Author

Irwin Block
Irwin Block covered provincial and municipal politics for many years for the Montreal Star and the Montreal Gazette and is now a journalist with the Senior Times in Montreal.


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