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Opinion: New Minister Could Restart Surveillance Bill

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August 24, 2012

In a column for the Toronto Star, Michael Geist opines that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ anticipated appointment to the Manitoba Court of Appeal is “an opportunity for a fresh start on Internet surveillance legislation, one of the government’s biggest political blunders to date.” Geist says the upcoming public safety opening gives the government “at least two options,” adding, “a new minister provides a convenient opportunity for an Internet surveillance restart” that could “include scrapping the bill, launching a public consultation or asking a House of Commons committee to study the issue before moving ahead with new legislation.”
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