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Repealing C-51: an essential step in public safety and security

By Green Party Leader Elizabeth May      

The Liberals are pledging to get rid of any sections that are dangerous. That’s pretty much the whole bill.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, left and CSIS director Michel Coulombe greet a committee member on March 30, 2015, the day they appeared before the Senate Defence and Security Committee on Bill C-51. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

It is one of the stickier aspects of former prime minister Stephen Harper’s omnibus-bill strategy: legislation rammed through Parliament as omnibus bills are harder to repeal and reform than stand-alone legislation. After passage, C-51 ceased to exist. It was an omnibus bill in five parts. Some of those parts touched on dozens of bills. Bill C-51 cannot be repealed, but eliminating 90 per cent of it is necessary. The Liberals are pledging to get rid of any sections

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