Campaign defeats Harper government's online spying bill

Win is an indication that Canadians are joining a growing global Internet freedom movement.

Ottawa (15 Feb. 2013) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) sees the Conservative government's decision to kill the online spying legislation Bill C-30 as a victory for Canadians.  

In a campaign led by Vancouver based organization OpenMedia.ca, and supported by NUPGE, nearly 150,000 other Canadians signed petitions and sent in letters, emails and faxes. 

The bill would have provided access to Canadians private online information without a warrant and required the individual to pay for it.

On February 11, the Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said that, "We will not be proceeding with Bill C-30 ... We've listened to the concerns of Canadians who have been very clear on this."

Nicholson was acknowledging the successful campaign waged by organizations to have the legislation withdrawn. OpenMedia.ca, in June 2011, launched the StopSpying.ca campaign even as the pundits and "experts" said that the legislation was a "done deal".  

OpenMedia.ca and NUPGE see this win as an indication that Canadians are joining a growing global Internet freedom movement. Anti-privacy, anti-Internet legislation has now been stopped in several countries worldwide.  While threats to the open Internet continue to mount, the global Internet freedom movement is getting stronger.

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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