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Clement Calls on Public Safety Minister to Review Troubling Surveillance of Journalists' Phones

Conservative Party of Canada | November 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 4, 2016

OTTAWA – Conservative Public Safety critic, Tony Clement, has asked the Minister of Public Safety if he will initiate a review of journalists` phones being put under surveillance after troubling cases emerged in Quebec this week.

“The recent reports of seven Quebec journalists having their phones monitored by the police are deeply troubling. Freedom of the press is a pillar of our Constitution and a value that helps maintain a healthy and accountable democracy,” said Clement.

In a letter sent to the Minister of Public Safety, the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Clement stated that the shocking pattern of surveillance shows a complete disregard for these fundamental values. It also raises the question of how many more similar cases may yet come to light.

“Will Public Safety Canada investigate these serious breaches of the public trust, including if any similar activity is occurring at the Federal level? I suggest a review would be prudent to assure all Canadians that freedom of the press is something the Government of Canada is willing to defend,” said Clement.

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