Thank-you for writing to me about this important development project in our city.
The NDP recently made an announcement about this project. MP Charlie Angus, (who is Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee), recently stated that this deal should be halted. The evidence gathered in recent parliamentary hearings has raised serious questions about the public benefit of this project. We are talking about an unprecedented extension of surveillance capitalism into the public and private spaces of Canada's largest city. The proponents have not done credible work of responding to the tremendous concerns raised by both international data experts and the Ontario Auditor General.Google has deep pockets and a long memory. They’re not doing this as a charity project, and the business model is constant, total surveillance”
Another local NDP candidate, Andrew Cash, went on to say that, “The development of public space requires a much greater level of public input. Sidewalk Toronto is a risky experiment in turning over public urban space to a huge corporation that hasn’t shown it can be trusted to respect people’s privacy and democratic rights.”
Finally, our candidate in the adjacent riding, Min Sook Lee was quoted saying, “Torontonians and Canadians must be skeptical of this project. Canadians have a right to live free from being watched all the time by both the government and the private sector. Smart cities can be good, but a privatizing experiment in surveillance capitalism is not the way forward for Toronto, or for Canada.”
I support these statements from my colleagues that were made on behalf of our party. I hope you will join me in working towards building an NDP government that will protect the privacy people of Canada from large corporate projects with these sort of risks.
Mae J. Nam Campaign
1927 Gerrard Street East