Stockwell Day, Canada’s new minister of public security, has raised the prospect of creating a national ID card. Again. This issue was a pet project of former Liberal Minister Denis Coderre, who pushed for a national ID card that would be expensive, provide little additional security, create new privacy risks, and would remove rights to remain anonymous. The national ID card proposal garnered little support from a Commons committee and even less from the privacy community.
Nevertheless, Day says the national ID card is inevitable since "we want good, law-abiding people to have smooth and quick access at all border points." There will apparently be lots of time to debate this issue. In the meantime, read then Privacy Commissioner Robert Marleau’s analysis which remains as relevant today as it was in 2003.