Pierre Trudeau famously said “Just watch me” when challenged by journalists about his use of Canada's War Measures act. The 2015 passage of the equally draconian and charter-violating Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 (formerly Bill C-51) into law was a similar abrogation of the civil liberties of Canadians.
On February 25th, 2017 we're gathering in communities across Canada to let Prime Minister Justin Trudeau know that the public closely watching forthcoming reforms to national security laws like Bill C-51. This means calling for greater protection for groups including Muslim Canadians and Indigenous activists from state surveillance.
We're also calling for action on mass surveillance and asking the government to pass a specific shield law which would protect whistleblowers and journalists. In recent Quebec cases we learned that journalists were routinely surveilled.
The timing of this national day of action also coincides with the court date of VICE Journalist Ben Makuch who is fighting the RCMP in court to protect press freedom. That case will be heard on Monday, February 6th and there will also be a rally in Toronto on that day.
The Federal Government just concluded a series of consultations on national security. We know that in early February the government is expected to table its proposed changes to Canada's anti-terror laws. If we do nothing, things may get much worse. It is of critical importance right now to let the government know that Canadians are vigilant on this issue.
If you join us the Government will have no choice but to address concerns about mass surveillance, spying and press freedom.
This event will take place across the country. The activity can be completed by small groups of 1-2 persons or larger groups of several hundred. See the map and list below to find a community action near you or email us to arrange to host one.
The basic activity will see groups in your community forming into, or otherwise creating a large eye shape between two large banners which say "Trudeau: We're Watching You" and "#ProtectPressFreedom".
Take a picture, post it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Your message will be clearly delivered to Canadian politicians through this action. We're also asking that folks join our lobbying initiative and our online action.
READ THIS SIMPLE GUIDE TO RUNNING YOUR OWN "WE'RE WATCHING YOU" ACTIVITY.