Therrien showed some teeth when he told MPs last week that the cyberbullying bill should be split in two — in effect siding with the opposition parties and a growing list of privacy experts who have urged the government to hive off the surveillance-related provisions in the bill into a separate piece of legislation.
Conservative MP Kyle Seeback said “transmission data is actually a very narrow snippet of metadata.”
“Would you not agree with that or or do you disagree with the police?” he asked Therrien.
“All these people are saying we need this,” Seeback said.
Therrien said transmission data is more than just information one finds in an old phone book.
“It has information about location of individuals, sites being consulted, several types of information that are well beyond what was found in phone books. That, I do think, is personal data and deserves higher protection,” he told MPs on the committee.
This is definitely a very good thing, especially for CRUSH members who were initially quite skeptical of Therrien’s appointment directly from Harper’s inner circle. It shows that some CPC members (Mayrand being a good example) still value integrity and very much still have the spine to stand up to Harper’s bullying.
For those in- or outside Canada who aren’t fully aware of the ramifications of Bill C-13, under it, any organisation or individual with ties to any level of government would essentially be able to access your personal data and communications metadata without a warrant, so it’s fairly obvious why many privacy experts, opposition MPs and even some CPC MPs like Therrien are against the provisions in Bill C-13.