Clement Outraged Over Government's Plans To Take Canadians Personal Financial Information
Parry Sound-Muskoka Member of Parliament, Tony Clement, said that he is outraged by Justin Trudeau`s demand that banks and credit card companies turn over Canadians` detailed personal financial information without their consent to develop a new Personal Information Bank.
Clement said “Conservatives are calling on Justin Trudeau and the Liberals to make sure this proposal doesn't proceed in order to protect the privacy of Parry Sounders and Muskokans, and all Canadians. Protecting the personal information of Canadians is an integral role of government,” he said.
Statistics Canada is asking banks across the country for financial transaction data and personal information of 500,000 Canadians without their knowledge to develop a new institutional personal information bank. The personal banking and financial transactions being requested include bill payments, cash withdrawals from ATMs, credit card payments, electronic money transfers and even account balances of Canadians.
“Canadians’ personal financial information belongs to them and they have a right to know when it is being accessed and for what purpose. The government’s proposed new Personal Information Bank represents a disturbing and unprecedented intrusion into the private lives of individual Canadians,” said Clement.