Government Operations Centre monitored missing and murdered Indigenous women rallies – Politics – CBC News – It is not known how long the Government Operations Centre (GOC) kept tabs on what Public Safety officials described as “protest activities.”
A question placed on the House of Commons order paper by NDP MP Charlie Angus asked about surveillance carried out since Oct. 31, 2015. The government tabled its response when the House returned from its winter break on Jan. 30.
The monitoring described in the response likely began during former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s government and continued after Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government came to power on Nov. 4, 2015.
Pam Palmater, who heads the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, said there was no reason for the government to monitor peaceful rallies and vigils.
“I’m pretty shocked … that they were following all of the rallies and events around murdered and missing Indigenous women, because all of them to date have really been about raising awareness, demanding a national inquiry,” she said. “You didn’t see anybody doing anything violent. There were no threats to do anything violent.”