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Police in Quebec are spying on journalists and Snowden calls that "a threat to democracy"

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Last week, Patrick Lagace -- a columnist for the Quebec paper La Presse -- revealed that the Montreal police had gotten a secret warrant to spy on his phone calls and text messages and collect the location data from his phone, seemingly in an attempt to discover which police officers were the source for stories in about police corruption .

The revelations are just the latest in a string of stories about journalists being put under surveillance by Quebec police in an effort to learn who their confidential sources are. The spying comes amidst a debate about the Liberal government's complicity in passing Canada's sweeping surveillance law, Bill C-51 , and the lack of action on their election promise to amend the law to rein in its most extreme provisions.