The same party that thought the Canadian government collecting info about Canadians via the mandatory census was an egregious violation of privacy and civil liberties is apparently just fine with having info about Canadians collected by the U.S. Homeland Security. Funny old Cons, eh?
We’ve known this was coming since 2007. Bill C-42 , an Act to amend the Aeronautics Act, will allow Canadian airlines exemption from Canadian privacy laws in order to pass passenger info on to Homeland Security if the flight veers at all into U.S. airspace enroute to its final destination. So even if you aren’t going to actually land in the U.S. on your way to a Mexican holiday or even a short hop from one Canadian city to another that touches U.S. airspace at some point, Homeland Security will still have veto power over whether you get to board your flight.
“Canadian sovereignty has gone right out the window,” raged Liberal transport critic Joe Volpe in June when the Cons first presented the bill. “You are going to be subject to American law.”
Then on Tuesday he voted for it along with all the rest of the Libs and Cons. It passed second reading 241 to 34.
Hey, they may have had difficulty bringing themselves to vote for Canadian mining sector responsibility abroad, but when it really matters, the Libs can still get out the vote.
Fun fact: On the same day, Tony Clements’ Bill C-29 – Safeguarding Canadian’s Personal Information Act was debated in the House. Volpe made yet another rousing speech about privacy.