It seems that the Canadian Conservatives have decided that it is best that they actually tell voters that they will make unpopular laws before they get elected.
Over the pond, the Canadian Conservative party’s campaign promises to pass a massive “crime and justice” bill within 100 days, if re-elected.
According to Michael Geist’s bog the bill, which will not have any hearings or public consultation before it is enacted, would allow for bulk surveillance over Canadians’ use of the internet.
The bill will force the ISPs to disclose internet provider customer information without court oversight.
The ISPs will have to redesign their networks to allow for real-time surveillance so that the government knows exactly what is going on as you do it.
Apparently it is crucial that the government has the power to intercept communications, to isolate the communications to a particular individual, and to engage in multiple simultaneous interceptions.
Coppers would not need to go to court to get an order to snoop on people either.
All fairly Big Brotherish and we would have thought so grim that the party suggesting them would never get elected.
However, it might be that the Conservatives are capitalising on a fear of crime which appears to be sweeping the country.
What might be more alarming is that Canada’s Liberals might be also hoping to come up with a Big Brother package of their own.
None of this is to say the Liberals would be any better. They introduced their own lawful access package many years ago but access ideas have not been mapped out.
The difference is that the Conservatives have included fast tracking lawful access in their platform.