The right to privacy

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As we approach Remembrance Day, I think about the sacrifices our ancestors made for us, and for the great country we call home.

Our Grandparents, Great Grandparents, Great Aunts and Uncles fought for our rights and freedoms. Some never returned to Canadian soil. God rest their brave souls.

When I think about their sacrifice, and look at what is currently happening in our country it makes me sick.

Anyone keeping up with the news lately will know that Statistics Canada has told nine major banks and Credit Unions in our “free” country that they must hand over the banking records of 500,000 randomly selected Canadian citizens to be analyzed each year. This includes personal information such as addresses and social insurance numbers as well as detailed bank statements.

The only reason anyone found out about this invasion of privacy is because of leaked documents, which really makes me wonder—what else are we not being told about?


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The most disturbing part of this, in my opinion, is that Prime Minister Trudeau is allowing it. He’s actually embracing the idea, promoting it as a way to better understand the needs of Canadians.

What I think we need is not to feel violated by our own government.

The other thing that gets under my skin is that we, as Canadian tax payers, are technically paying the bureaucrats to sift through our private information.

Trudeau tried to compare it to the national census that is done in Canada every five years. They do ask for a lot of personal information while conducting these census’, which is exactly the difference. They ask.

This however, was done in an underhanded, secretive way by bullying the banks into sharing our private information. If you are one of the 500,000 Canadians chosen you won’t even know, because your bank isn’t at liberty to discuss it with you.

This is not what our ancestors fought for, I’m pretty sure it’s exactly the type of injustice they were fighting against.

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