In Committee from the Senate of Canada - Legal and Constitutional Affairs - November 19, 2014
The committee continues its hearings on the government's proposed online crime legislation (C-13). Michael Spratt and Leo Russomanno, both of whom are members and criminal defence counsel for the Criminal Lawyers' Association oppose the bill in its current form which they describe as dangerous and an “unconstitutional pattern of erosion of privacy”. Lianna McDonald, the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and her colleague the organization’s general counsel, Monique St. Germain discuss their roles and express their support for the proposed legislation. Andrea Slane, an associate professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology discusses her support for the bill, but provides numerous suggestions to strengthen it. University of Ottawa law professor, Michael Geist addresses the voluntary disclosure provision, which he describes as a “mistake” that should be removed from the bill. (November 19, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-13 received royal assent on December 9.