Vic Toews Is After Perverts, Hippies, Inmates, and Immigrants - 2013-04-01
Vic Toews, Canada's current Minister of Public Safety, seems to hate the internet, gay people, immigrants, inmates, and basically anyone else who isn't a Canadian born Christian. As a result of his often controversial and disappointing campaigns of scattershot conservative action, Vic Toews has not enjoyed an overwhelming amount of support during his time as a politician. People are so bummed out about his practices that the citizens of his own province once protested when he was awarded an honorary degree. So in lieu of staring at our watches, waiting for Vic to finally be ushered out to the pasture of retired (or maybe even disgraced) Canadian politicians, we thought it would be a good idea to provide you all with a rundown of Vic's most stunningly offensive political moves.
Most recently, Monsieur Toews got into some ethnically close-minded hot water over a reality TV show he personally approved about Canadian border guards who arrest illegal immigrants. The show is called "Border Security" and describes itself as "a dynamic documentary series" in which "officers question, cross-examine, inspect, pat down, swab, search and x-ray suspects and their belongings." While watching people getting swabbed and x-rayed might make for good TV, the really controversial nerve was struck when border security raided a Vancouver construction site and arrested eight illegal immigrants. Some human rights groups have come forward and complained that this show is exploitative and disrespectful to the privacy rights of those arrested and a petition has been started to cancel "Border Security." Evidently Vic was highly titillated by the show because he's still defending the production, adding that no one was massively exploited and they're illegal immigrants… so whatever, relax.
But Vic's not just getting his jollies from arresting immigrants, on camera, who are simply trying to work a construction job. Just last year, Vic tried to break the internet by putting forward the subtly named "Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act," also known as Bill C-30. The Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act (which, by the way, said nothing about children or internet predators anywhere within the act itself, only in the title) would have made it possible for police, CSIS, and Vic himself to contact anyone's phone or internet provider and request all of their personal online information without a warrant. That would have included your name, address, phone number, email address and, most importantly, IP address. With that information the authorities could have figured out all sorts of things, like who you're in contact with and what websites you browse. Plus it could have all happened without a warrant and without your knowledge.