Contributor calls federal government’s new Bill C-51 “offensive”

I am writing you concerning a subject that affects all Canadians.
On April 8, 2008, the Minister of Health in Canada introduced Bill C-51 into the House of Commons. This Bill proposes significant changes to the current Food and Drugs Act that would allow our government to bypass Parliamentary approval on new laws introduced in Canada.

Dear Editor;

I am writing you concerning a subject that affects all Canadians.

On April 8, 2008, the Minister of Health in Canada introduced Bill C-51 into the House of Commons. This Bill proposes significant changes to the current Food and Drugs Act that would allow our government to bypass Parliamentary approval on new laws introduced in Canada. It also authorizes enforcement without judicial review.

If we allow the sidestepping of elected officials, we are allowing our government to subject us to laws that are not the will of the people in Canada. The judicial system was built into our government to prevent abuse and protect us from individuals who may have an ulterior motive to enforcing actions against us.

Aside from the items above, this law is so broad as to warrant enforcement on the average person who grows a herb garden and shares it with his/her neighbors.

Another concern is enforcement of the new law. It would allow the government sweeping powers to seize bank accounts and property without a warrant and levy fines of up to $5,000,000 and two years in jail per offence.

I have talked to quite a few people about this Bill C-51; some of them feel that our government would not use such a vile law on its people.

The question is, if the Government does not intend to use the new powers proposed under Bill C-51 then why are they asking for them?

Also, if a person found themselves being charged under Bill C51, how would they defend themselves? With the government in control of their bank accounts and assets, this could prove to be difficult.

Every year we take time to remember the Canadians who fought to protect our rights and freedoms. It is offensive to me that our elected officials should even propose a bill which would remove so many of the protections of rights and freedoms that these people fought and died to protect.

Bradford Stephan

Raymond, Alta

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