What will Bill C-51 mean for freedom of expression and civil liberties in Canada?
Speakers: John Ralston Saul, Monia Mazigh
Moderator: James L. Turk
Canada’s newest anti-terrorism law (Bill C-51) has been described by opponents as a fundamental attack on democracy. Supporters claim it is necessary to protect us from terrorism.
Two distinguished Canadian experts will discuss what C-51 will mean for our freedom of expression and civilities.
John Ralston Saul is one of Canada’s foremost public intellectuals, award-winning author, and champion of freedom of expression. Declared a “prophet” by TIME magazine, he is included in the Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. From 2009 to 2015, he was President of PEN International.
Monia Mazigh was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband, Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. She led the campaign for his release. Her memoir, Hope and Despair, was published in 2009 and her first novel, Mirrors and Mirages, in 2014. She is the National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.