In both the UK and Canada, the debate on the bills to implement online surveillance rages outside of Parliament. In the UK the Treasury has said the business case for the bill is being reexamined and a Liberal Democrat grandee and former independent reviewer of British anti-terror legislation, Lord Carlile of Berriew, is trying to shore up support in the party for the bill.
No word has yet come out of Canada’s Prime Minister’s Office, the office of the minister for public safety nor the office of the government House leader about when the bill will be put to committee as promised nearly a year ago.
As to Australia, the Joint Committee examining the proposals has yet to come to a conclusion and will miss its deadline of the end of the year. Due to the upcoming election, the bill will likely not come before Parliament until after the 30th of November 2013.