As first reported by David Akin, Justin Trudeau is ordering Canada’s banks to hand over the complete, personal records of half a million citizens to the government, without a search warrant.
Statistics Canada is asking banks across the country for financial transaction data and personal information of 500,000 Canadians without their knowledge, Global News has learned. Documents obtained by Global News show the national statistical agency plans to collect “individual-level financial transactions data” and sensitive information, like social insurance numbers (SIN), from Canadian financial institutions to develop a “new institutional personal information bank.
What’s so incredible here is that this was being done secretly. The proposal was secret. And the data will be swept up secretly. No search warrant. No probable cause. You didn’t have to do anything wrong. You were just “chosen” to be the unlucky one — and you won’t know when it happens; and your bank will not be able to tell you.
And this program is set to begin in January.
Justin Trudeau says this is necessary to make better government decisions. Really? And how would that work? Would knowing that you spent a dollar on lunch — or something more personal, like alcohol or cigarettes; or a particular medicine at a pharmacy — and knowing what store you bought it at, and when you bought it, and what credit card you used, and the time and place data would be in there, would that really help Trudeau make better decisions?