Honourable Ralph Goodale P.C., M.P.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
269 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8
Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan P.C., M.P.
Minister of National Defence
Department of National Defence
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K2
Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould P.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8
Canadians are calling on you to take action to protect our private, personal data in the U.S.
Recently, you heard from Commissioner Therrien that there is “a significant gap in protection of Canadians’ personal information south of the border.”
He suggests that “this gap could be meaningfully addressed if the United States were to add Canada to the list of designated countries under the Judicial Redress Act. I would therefore strongly urge the Government of Canada to ask the United States to add Canada to this list.”
He also specifies “if this were done, my understanding is that the Executive Order would no longer apply to Canadians, as the Order applies 'to the extent consistent with applicable law'. As a long-time ally and close trading partner, I believe that Canada should ask to be given the same level of protection as that granted to the various European countries designated as 'covered countries' on January 17, 2017.”
We urge you to take his advice on board, and to urgently call upon your U.S. counterparts to strengthen privacy protections for Canadians.
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