The headlines are pretty sensational and most of the reaction is overreaction, but this is still pretty nifty. Read and come back.
- OK – is the law necessary? Should civil liberties be reduced to allow for additional security during the G8/G20? I think the law itself is OK. It is specific to certain areas and has a specific duration. The news reports do not say what is done with the information provided. That would be my main concern. But my opinion is certainly debatable.
- Should the public have been informed of the law existence? Yes! First, security by obscurity is always silly. Second it was sure to come to light if used.
- Should it have had public debate in the Ontario legislature? Once again I think yes. Note – I am pro debate. 🙂
- Should the government have the ability to pass such a measure without debate? I think this is a very interesting question. I am not sure. But I lean towards no.