TORONTO — A Vancouver-based entrepreneur says he’s contributing $1 million of his own money to overturn the federal government’s controversial electronic surveillance bill.
Tech founder Frederick Ghahramani says his primary concerns about Bill C-51 relate to its impact on Canadian business.
He says any bill that gives a government the right to listen in on conversations via smartphones and other technology leaves Canada’s corporations highly vulnerable since confidential information would be easily available.
But Ghahramani says the bill also reminds him of the totalitarian regime he lived under during his childhood in Iran.
He says his family came to Canada to escape the constant surveillance and lack of privacy, and feels Bill C-51 compromises what he sees as core Canadian values.
Ghahramani has already pledged $100,000 to three organizations that are publicly fighting the bill and will wait to allocate the rest until after Monday’s election.
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The Canadian Press