April 24, 2015 (41st Parliament, 2nd Session)

NDP

Rosane Doré Lefebvre (Interjection)

New Democratic Party

Ms. Rosane Doré Lefebvre

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Skeena—Bulkley Valley, who raised some very important points.
What we are trying to do with respect to Bill C-51 is a matter of principle. We are a party of principles, and nothing could make us vote in favour of a bill that violates our rights and civil liberties as much as Bill C-51 does. We are people of principle.
Early on, the polls did not support our position, not at all. We stood up anyway. Our leader, a very principled man, stood up and decided that, no, we would not support something that is an attack on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and an attack on our fundamental rights. Frankly, this is partisan politics.
This is putting partisanship before principles, which we will never accept. We will not get involved in the Conservatives' game or the Liberals' when our rights and civil liberties are being attacked.
I am proud to stand up today with my caucus colleagues to once again support the amendments we are proposing. The government needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution that works for all Canadians, instead of introducing a botched bill like Bill C-51.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015
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