This last month, I’ve seen one name come up more than any others related to police-state actions and government overreach. That name is Steven Blaney, the Minister of Public Safety. He’s the one that sponsored bill C-51, he’s the one who has apparently attempting to arrange for US soldiers to police portions of Canada, and who has recently been caught proposing that groups that opt for BDS bans against Israeli-government actions be prosecuted under hate speech laws. As Greenwald comments he and the government now both deny the latter.
So what is this Ministry of Public Safety? That ministry is named in an Orwellian fashion, and contains a number of departments that have a large potential to abuse their power:
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service
- Correctional Service Canada
- National Parole Board
Basically, here under one roof is all the capability to spy on Canadians, restrict our rights, and then lock us up if we don’t comply. It’s like the little sister of the United States Department of Homeland Security, with bits of the NSA and CIA tossed in. The only thing missing is military power. The total (declared) budget of this ministry is 6 billion dollars. Compared to its United States counterparts this is an infinitesimal amount of operating cash, and they want more.
Understanding that “Minister of Public Safety” is a misnomer brings a lot of clarity when you consider that this politician is the one that tabled bill C-51. Basically that bill is an attempt to grant the police state subset of the Canadian government, run by Blaney, more power. It would be more accurate to have named this bill the “Please grant my Ministry more power” bill. It now also makes sense how this bill appeared so quickly after the recent parliamentary shooting. Blaney isn’t a lawyer, but a civil engineer by trade, so wouldn’t have written this himself. I’d guess this was written by general-council in his ministry long before this shooting and was held in waiting for just this sort of perfect catalyzing event. That is, of course, pure speculation.
As a first look at this Ministry and its head, I did a bit of digging, and found a couple of interesting articles
- Safety minister silent amid claims that the spy accused of helping girls join ISIS was working for Canada
- Feds Kept Records Of Nearly 800 Public Protests At Home, Abroad
- Swiss Arms Rifle Ban No Surprise To Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney
The first and second are excellent examples of just the sort of overreach and abuse of power that people are concerned that Bill C-51 would allow. The only disclaimer is that these are events that have already occurred.
This ministry is indirectly responsible for gun controls, the subject of that last article. I don’t know a thing about guns nor that specific Swiss weapon, but am completely unsurprised that a politician has been caught playing the game of saying things in the press contrary to reality.
Bills tabled by Blaney
What else is the Ministry of Public Safety up to. Here’s a list of bills tabled by their figurehead:
An Act to amend the Criminal Records Act, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the International Transfer of Offenders Act
An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and to make a consequential amendment to the International Transfer of Offenders Act
An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts
An Act to amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and other Acts
An Act to amend the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code and to make a related amendment and a consequential amendment to other Acts
An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act
This ministry has been busy.