When the government announced earlier this year that its controversial lawful access legislation was dead, many suspected that the bill – which has resurfaced numerous times over the past decade – would be back sooner or later. Peter MacKay, the newly installed Justice Minister, recently suggested that it may be sooner. According to Postmedia News, MacKay indicated at a recent speech and press conference:
MacKay said he also won’t be intimidated or deterred from considering new lawful access provisions despite privacy concerns that ultimately led to the death of previous bills.
Surveillance will unquestionably be on the minds of many come the fall and the question is now whether the government would consider wading back into the issue with the reintroduction of lawful access provisions.