In a stunning revelation during an interview with Vice Canada yesterday, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was asked about his party’s platform, which includes the ability for the Communication Security Establishment to spy on Canadians:
According to the party’s official election platform, released earlier in the day, an elected Liberal government would “limit Communications Security Establishment’s powers by requiring a warrant to engage in the surveillance of Canadians.”
VICE News originally reported that meant the Liberals intended to give the Communication Security Establishment (CSE) new powers, since the agency is currently prohibited from “directing” surveillance at Canadians for domestic purposes. (...)
Asked several times during a special town hall in Toronto hosted by VICE Canada to clarify his stance, Trudeau emphasized that CSE would be subjected to oversight.
“We have to recognize that there are new threats in this world that we have to have the tools to [deal with],” said Trudeau. (...)
VICE Canada's head of content, Patrick McGuire, called on Trudeau during Monday's town hall to explain his stance on CSE, and repeatedly asked him why he wanted to give CSE a new power to surveil — a premise Trudeau did not dispute.
The press would go apoplectic if the Conservatives had stated in their platform that they would allow Canadians to be spied on but there isn’t a single mention of this today from any of the mainstream media.
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