#CyberFLASH: Conservative MP thought he could pull the wool over the eyes of Canadians about government spying

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Sometimes it’s not hard to understand why so few Canadians trust their politicians. Case in point: Kevin Sorenson, government MP and Minister of State for Finance.

Earlier this year, a number of Mr Sorenson’s constituents wrote to him to express concerns about the reckless actions of government spy agency CSEC. His constituents had a simple request: they asked Mr Sorenson to make a pro-privacy pledge to safeguard their privacy against intrusion by government agencies like CSEC. 

Instead of taking their concerns seriously, Mr Sorenson chose to try to pull the wool over the eyes of his constituents. He replied with a blasé set of scripted government talking points about CSEC — points that had long since been refuted both by privacy experts and by a shocking series of revelations about how CSEC has become reckless, expensive and out-of-control.

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