Terror Bill amendments not enough, say critics
By The Canadian PressNews Public Sector
Green party Leader Elizabeth May says a handful of planned government amendments to the federal anti-terrorism bill don't alleviate her concerns about what she calls dangerous and undemocratic legislation.
May plans to present five dozen amendments when the House of Commons public safety committee begins examining the bill clause-by-clause on Tuesday.
The NDP and Liberals have also called for changes to the legislation to protect civil liberties and improve oversight of security agencies.
The government bill, tabled in response to the murders of two Canadian soldiers last October, would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service more power to thwart suspected terrorist plots – not just gather information about them.
It would allow CSIS to violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms with a judge’s permission, expand the sharing of federal security information, broaden no-fly list powers and create a new criminal offence of encouraging someone to carry out a terrorism attack.
In addition, the bill would make it easier for the RCMP to obtain a peace bond to restrict the movements of suspects and extend the amount of time they can be kept in preventative detention.
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