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Liberals offer updated security legislation

By The Canadian Press   

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The Liberal government's sweeping new security legislation would limit — but not eliminate — controversial powers that allow Canada's spy agency to actively disrupt terror plots.

The long-awaited bill introduced yesterday repeals some elements of a contentious omnibus bill brought in by Stephen Harper’s government after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in October 2014.

The Conservatives gave C-SIS expanded authority to expand its intelligence-collection mandate, but many Canadians expressed concerns that such activities could violate the Constitution.

The Liberal bill requires C-SIS to seek a warrant for any threat reduction measure that would “limit” a right or freedom protected by the charter, and it clarifies that a warrant can only be issued if a judge is satisfied the measure complies with the charter.

The bill also tightens provisions on information-sharing among federal agencies, redefines terrorist propaganda and narrows a general ban on promoting terrorism offences to the crime of counselling someone to commit a terrorist offence.


Another change takes aim at the recurring problem of mistaken no-fly list name matches involving youngsters, allowing the public safety minister to inform parents that their child is not on the roster.

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