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article imageCanadian Government monitors political commentary on internet

By Richard Mccallum     May 24, 2010 in Politics
Ottawa - The Conservative Government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been caught monitoring political comments on Internet chat rooms, and employing respondents to correct the commentators, and their "misinformation".
The story broke at midnight Sunday as reported by Shela Scott on Ottawa's NEWS 1130 that an unnamed media company was paid $75,000 to monitor online postings about the Maritime's east coast seal hunt.
Considered a "pilot" program by the Federal government, the monitors were also employed to respond to the postings in favour of the government's position on the issue.
Richard Rosenberg, who is president of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association feels that the government is infringing on Canadian citizen's rights of privacy and free speech as guaranteed under the Constitution.
"The government has a lot of power, that it feels the need to monitor public bulletin boards, or places where people express views and then to respond to that, seems to me going beyond a reasonable action the government should be taking." he said.
To Rosenberg's knowledge this is the first time a Canadian government has spied on it's citizens without a warrant.
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