airlines-anything-thumb-1.png
airlines-anything-thumb-1.png This article is more than 6 years old

VIDEO: Airlines criticize Bill C-51 for allowing minister to tell them to do “anything” he wants

Anything? The Canadian airline industry is raising concerns about a provision in the Conservatives’ C-51 anti-terror bill that will empower the public safety minister to direct them to do “anything” he wants. Marc-André O’Rourke of the National Airlines Council of Canada (a group representing Canada’s four largest airlines) told a security committee examining Bill C-51 […]

Anything?

The Canadian airline industry is raising concerns about a provision in the Conservatives’ C-51 anti-terror bill that will empower the public safety minister to direct them to do “anything” he wants.

Marc-André O’Rourke of the National Airlines Council of Canada (a group representing Canada’s four largest airlines) told a security committee examining Bill C-51 that the airline industry is concerned “with the use of the word anything” Thursday night.

Many have criticized Bill C-51 as being too vague and too broad in its language. The government’s own Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is the latest to point out that the language in C-51 establishing new powers is “extremely broad.” 

Section 9 of C-51, relating to the no-fly list, states that “the minister may direct an air carrier to do anything that, in the minister’s opinion, is reasonable and necessary to prevent a listed person from engaging in any act.” O’Rourke pointed out that in addition to concerns that using front-line airline staff to carry out security functions may put them in harms way, the vagueness of the word “anything” could mean, well — anything.

WATCH:

Photo: Used under Creative Commons licenses.

Help us protect Canadians by holding the powerful accountable.

Journalism is an important public service. That’s why PressProgress is prioritizing stories aimed at keeping Canadians safe and holding the powerful accountable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please consider supporting our award-winning non-profit news organization so we can keep making a positive impact for Canadians.

 

Support Our Journalism
PressProgress
PressProgress is an award-winning non-profit news organization focused on uncovering and unpacking the news through original investigative and explanatory journalism.

Most Shared

ELECTION Explainer

CEO of Private Healthcare Company Hosted Fundraising Event for Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole

Related Stories

Explainer

The battle of the PACs in Calgary’s municipal election

View the post
News

Justin Trudeau Tells International Conference Left-Wing ‘Extremist Groups’ Are ‘Pushing White Supremacy’

View the post
News

Ford’s Reduced COVID-19 School Funds Pushing Up Toronto Catholic Class Sizes, Putting Students At Risk, Teachers Warn

View the post

Explainers

Politics & strategy

Jeremy Appel

The battle of the PACs in Calgary’s municipal election

View the post
Politics & strategy

Jeremy Appel

27 Different Candidates are Vying to be Calgary’s Mayor. Here Are the Biggest Issues at Stake.

View the post
Work & rights

Shanice Regis-Wilkins

How Labour Activists Pushed For Policies That Protect Workers and the Environment This Election

View the post