Paranoia Surrounds Combination of Bill C-51 and a Leaked RCMP report

Leaked RCMP report"Criminal Threats to Canadian Petroleum Industry": 256093563-RCMP-Criminal-Threats-to-Canadian-Petroleum-Industry-pdf

An interesting combination of information has arisen in Canada. The advent of Bill C-51 and a recently leaked RCMP report from 14 January 2014  entitled "Criminal Threats to Canadian Petroleum Industry" has caused quite a stir. You may download it in .pdf format above. Bill C-51 intends to counter terrorism through new legislation. Language used in the bill casts a frown upon those who "undermine the security of Canada" and events which damage "critical infrastructure." The bill has been received with much controversy as it empowers CSIS with the ability to arrest and detain suspected terrorists.  That has been the topic of much debate on Parliament Hill. Another issue that has arisen pertains to what exactly is terrorism, or terrorist activity, defined as? The leaked RCMP report, in combination with bill C-51, is ruffling feathers across the nation, particularly in areas where disdain towards pipeline activity has been projected at high volume. Very little has been directly mentioned in either Bill C-51, or the leaked report. The uproar surrounding the documents is largely based on people extrapolating and deciding for themselves what to expect from the coming legislation while the RCMP is tuned in to "violent criminal activity" and "extremist" (pg.15) behaviour coming from a growing anti-oil aligned population. There has not yet been an official attempt from the Federal Government, the RCMP, or anyone else to quell to growing concerns citizens have on the issue. Until a clear explanation can be delivered, and seeing Bill C-51 scrapped, or at least amended appropriately, anxiety will continue to affect anyone publicly denouncing pipeline activity in Canada.

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