The Current

Critics wary of fast-tracking Bill C-51 with minimal oversight

Just after 9-11, the Liberal government was criticized for how long it took its anti-terror legislation to become law. Now the fast speed the Conservative government is pushing through Bill C-51 is up for debate. Tom Mulcair, Wayne Easter and Stockwell Day speak to the pace and substance of Bill C-51.

The debate over the hearing of Bill C-51

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has criticized Bill C-51 for vague wording he says leaves the door open to spying on political opponents. Wednesday, Mulcair went further in laying out his party's opposition to many of the bill's proposals and some of the amendments he wants to see. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

"We are talking about the most significant changes to security legislation in this country since 2001. It is simply reckless and irresponsible to try and ram it through without a proper study. Canadians deserve better." - NDP leader Tom Mulcair over Bill C-51

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, says the government is refusing to commit enough time to examining a bill with which he has major concerns with. Tom Mulcair joined us from Montreal. 

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says his party will support Bill C-51. But others in the Party have expressed concerns about the amount of time being given to debate it.

Wayne Easter is the Liberal Party's Public Safety Critic. He was in Hunter River, PEI. 

We did request interviews with Public Safety Minister, Steven Blaney but neither he nor his parliamentary secretary were available. We also contacted the PMO - again no luck.

Stockwell Day is a former Conservative Minister of Public Safety and he was in Vancouver.

For more on the political debate around C-51 tune into As It Happens tonight on CBC Radio one at 6:30.when Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau sits down with host Carole Off. 

This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant and Lara O'Brien.