In this summary, the BCCLA sets out its chief concerns with Bill C-23, the Preclearance Act, 2016. At the outset, we wish to emphasize that the BCCLA understands the significant benefits of preclearance. However, our position is that even taking into account the different expectation of privacy that people have in a border area, many of the new powers in the Bill are simply not justified and could be found to be unconstitutional.
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