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Vic Toews stands, the government waits, the public disagrees

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The Public Safety Minister attempts to defend himself.

Let me be clear: Bill C-30 creates no new powers to access the content of e-mails, web-browsing history or phone calls beyond that which already exists in Canadian law.

Some have accused me of not reading a bill I’ve been involved in shaping for over half a decade. Ironically, when I read most media coverage of C-30, I am struck by just how poorly the bill is understood by many writers.

All the same, the Harper government isn’t ready to move forward with the legislation. Perhaps because, when presented with certain measures contained in the bill, a majority of Canadians express disagreement.