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Good piece from @TomWalkom. It's true: we shouldn't be surprised that groups that challenge power, status quo, are spied on. Also important to remember that this doesn't mean we shouldn't push back on that surveillance,... thestar.com/opinion/star-c… #cdnpoli #protestpapers 1/7
...speak out about its impact on our rights, and demand accountability and transparency. @BCCLA, @PaulChampLaw and all the groups involved are doing such important work on this front. #cdnpoli #protestpapers 2/7
We can also see the rhetoric of the Harper years - "foreign funded extremists" - returning with the Kenney government, and it wouldn't be surprising to see it become prominent in the elections #cdnpoli #protestpapers 3/7
The last thing, not in the column, but also impt: who is it reviewing the work of CSIS? Yves Fortier, the SIRC member who reviewed the case, is a respected lawyer. But also used to sit on pipeline company TransCanada's board: huffingtonpost.ca/2014/09/29/yve… #cdnpoli #protestpapers 4/7
TransCanada's Keystone XL was a target for protests at the time of these hearings, and Fortier held stocks in the company, but he did not recuse himself from this case: vancouverobserver.com/news/spy-watch… #cdnpoli #protestpapers 5/7
Others have raised similar concerns about SIRC members and their affiliations in the past: durhamregion.com/news-story/496… #cdnpoli #protestpapers 6/7
So we need to be vigilant both about the work of Canada's spy agencies, but also about who it is who is holding them to account. #cdnpoli #protestpapers 7/7
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