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Laura Tribe testifying at C-51 public hearings in Vancouver

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Crucial parliamentary consultations on Bill C-51 kicked off on Monday in Vancouver and your OpenMedia team prepared and attended to testify on behalf of our community and thousands of Canadians who have voiced their strong opposition to this bill. Check out this video to see our Executive Director Laura Tribe giving testimony, explaining exactly why Bill C-51 is reckless, dangerous and ineffective -- and why all Canadians deserve strong privacy rules to keep us safe. 

We alslive-tweeteded throughout the session, so in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights of the hearing:

"Even if you're doing nothing wrong, surveillance still affects your life" #YourNatlSec#SaveOurSecurity

-- OpenMedia (@OpenMediaOrg) October 18, 2016

Next speaker: "this legislation has no place in Canada. It's police state legislation." #C51#YourNatlSec #SaveOurSecurity

-- OpenMedia (@OpenMediaOrg) October 18, 2016 

"Is there anyone here who supports Bill #c51?" - room stays silent. #YourNatlSec#SaveOurSecurity

-- OpenMedia (@OpenMediaOrg) October 18, 2016

"I'm scared. I think that bill c-51 is dangerous and will be used as an excuse to do things Canadians don't want to see done" #yournatlsec

-- OpenMedia (@OpenMediaOrg) October 18, 2016

"If you want to know more about the dangers of encryption backwoods, check out @schneierblog" witness tells #SECU committee. #YourNatlSec

-- OpenMedia (@OpenMediaOrg) October 18, 2016

"The rights of Canadians have been violated in the past and this law is the same" warns #SECU witness. "Learn from history" #YourNatlSec

-- OpenMedia (@OpenMediaOrg) October 18, 2016

See upcoming dates for the cross country public consultations here. The more people that show up and speak out, the higher our chances of getting Bill C-51 repealed and securing the privacy safeguards we deserve.

P.S. Don't live near one of the consultation cities? Be sure to make your voice heard through our powerful  Save our Security tool.

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