This week on The House, Evan Solomon talks to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian about the government's controversial internet surveillance bill. Toews expresses surprise at the content of section 17 on exceptional circumstances, and amusement at the #TellVicEverything Twitter campaign.
Toews confirms he will send a letter to the House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer asking him to investigate the 'Vikileaks' matter. Plus, the minister backs away from the controversial remark "you can either stand with us or with the child pornographers" he made earlier in the week, but falls short of making an outright apology.
In the end, following a major public backlash, Toews says the government is ready to consider broad-ranging amendments to Bill C-30.
Listen to the entire show here, beginning with Evan's interview with Vic Toews:
Evan Solomon also asked Public Safety Minister Vic Toews about Section 34 'Authority to enter' of Bill C-30, here's that excerpt:
In an interview with Evan Solomon, Ontario's Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian raises several concerns about the government's internet surveillance bill. Cavoukian says Bill C-30 would create "a mandatory surveillance regime" and is calling on the government to scrap the warrantless access provision.
Listen to Evan's interview with Ann Cavoukian here:
THE NDP LEADERSHIP RACE
Evan SoIomon speaks with NDP leadership hopeful Brian Topp. This is the first of a series of interviews in the race to replace Jack Layton. The NDP will choose a new leader on March 24 in Toronto.
Listen to Evan's interview with Brian Topp here: