OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – A colossal and secretive COVID cellphone data surveillance program under the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conducted without individuals’ consent included tracking family gatherings and shopping habits, Canadian MPs have learned.
A report presented to Canada’s House of Commons ethics committee last Wednesday showed the Trudeau government was able to access information from a data scoop of 33 million cell phone users which detailed people’s exact movements during the COVID crisis in 2020 and 2021.
According to a report in the Canadian Press, the data outbreak analyst company BlueDot prepared anonymized data reports for the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) which health officials could use to track people’s whereabouts.
The report shows that health officials had detailed snapshots of one’s exact behaviors, including trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, and, more disturbingly, when people held family gatherings, especially around important holidays such as Christmas.
The data also revealed how long people spent at home, and even when they left their city or province.
Earlier this year, MPs from the House of Commons ethics committee voted unanimously to investigate the secret cell phone spying that the Trudeau government had earlier admitted to, to see if the federal government violated Canadians’ privacy rights.
The secret tracking program was done under the PHAC, which claimed last year the tracking was done to understand the “public’s responsiveness during lockdown measures.”
The formal ethics committee investigation came less than a month after Canada’s federal government admitted last year it covertly tracked the cell phones of 33 million Canadians for months throughout the COVID crisis using cell tower data.
Is the Conservative Party of Canada giving pro-life candidates the cold shoulder in this year's leadership race?
That's what many Canadians have been left to wonder after the CPC recently announced that two conservative, pro-life candidates, Grant Abraham and Joseph Bourgault, would not be eligible to have their names officially placed on the ballot for party leader, even after seemingly meeting all requirements to do so.
Could this be a case of the CPC establishment arbitrarily picking winners and losers in the ongoing leadership election? And, if so, are true conservatives like Abraham and Bourgault the ones being unfairly targeted?
We must ask ourselves -- and the CPC -- these questions.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) of the Conservative Party to immediately reinstate Grant Abraham and Joseph Borgault onto the ballot for party leader in this year's election immediately.
While Grant Abraham, an attorney from British Columbia and Joseph Bourgault, a businessman from Saskatchewan, may not be as well-known as some of their opponents running for Conservative Party Leader, they still managed, with hard work, determination, and grassroots support, to meet all of the stated requirements for their names to be faithfully added to the official CPC leadership ballot for this year's election on September 10th.
According to the CPC, these requirements are for candidates to raise $300,000 and obtain 500 petition signatures -- both of which Abraham and Bourgault actually achieved.
Abraham actually had raised $300,000 for the entry fee, in addition to submitting 598 petition signatures, and, likewise, Bourgault raised nearly $400,000, and submitted over 1,000 petition signatures.
SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the CPC now!
Yet even so, the CPC confirmed to the candidates late last weekend that neither had made the final cut because they added a 15% "administration fee" in addition to the $300,000 -- making the actual total they would have needed to raise closer to $350,000 (which, remarkably, still wouldn't explain why at least Bourgault was denied access to the ballot).
Abraham has gone on record declaring that this was false advertising by the party, and that the additional administration fee was never actually communicated to them by the CPC prior to their rejection.
Only four pro-life candidates entered the race for CPC leader this year, and two of them were Abraham and Bourgault.
A third, MP Marc Dalton, failed to meet the fundraising requirements set forth by the party, and a fourth, former leadership candidate and current MP Leslyn Lewis, made it onto the ballot.
So, is the CPC squeezing out conservative, pro-life candidates wherever possible? Are they breaking their own rules to suit the party's establishment, instead of the Canadian people?
It seems that fake conservatives in the CPC establishment are guilty of the same corrupt, power-hungry tendencies they often criticize Liberals for embracing.
Conservatives must demand justice: SIGN and SHARE this petition demanding that members of the Conservative Party's LEOC take immediate action to reinstate Abraham and Bourgault onto the official ballot for CPC Leader.
Both Abraham and Bourgault intend to appeal this grossly unethical and ideologically-discriminatory decision themselves, but they also need support from Canadians like YOU to get the message across!
P.S. You can support LIFE by attending this year's National March for Life in Ottawa on May 12th! Learn more HERE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Two pro-life candidates for Conservative Party leadership were disqualified despite raising enough money' (LifeSiteNews)
'Canadian MP Leslyn Lewis becomes only remaining pro-life candidate for Conservative Party leadership' (LifeSiteNews)
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Last week, PHAC claimed that its analysis from the tracking data was “not about following individuals’ trips to a specific location, but rather in understanding whether the number of visits to specific locations have increased or decreased over time.”
The PHAC program has now been temporarily suspended pending the House of Commons investigation.
Last week, MPs on the ethics committee stated their concerns about the movement tracking report.
Conservative Party of Canada MP Damien Kurek said that there are still questions that “remain about the specifics of the data provided if Canadians’ rights were violated, and what advice the Liberal government was given.”
Last Wednesday, the ethics committee via its own report concluded that the Trudeau government should be telling Canadians when it is collecting their data and allow them a way to opt out of such tracking programs.
Throughout much of the COVID crisis, some Canadian provinces enacted draconian COVID rules which at times banned the vaccine-free from gathering with one another and from attending church. All provinces put in place rules which shuttered many businesses and which also closed schools and other venues.
Just a few weeks into the COVID crisis in Canada in 2020, reports surfaced that the federal government was looking into using Canadians’ cell phone location data to track people’s movements.
Jay Cameron, litigation manager for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), told LifeSiteNews last year that cellphone tracking done involuntarily is a “flagrant” violation of one’s constitutional rights.
“Warrantless government monitoring of citizen’s cell phones, including location and data tracking, is a flagrant infringement of privacy rights, illegal and unconstitutional,” Cameron told LifeSiteNews.
In 2020, a former contractor for the CIA turned whistleblower, Edward Snowden, warned that surveillance measures many governments around the world are using in the name of combating COVID could end up becoming a permanent reality of life.