Mar 27, 2015
By Kim O'Hare
The New Democrats continue to fight against new powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. They also want to strengthen the review of intelligence activities and enhance anti-radicalization programs.
After hearing from four dozen witnesses at the House of Commons public safety committee, New Democrat public safety critic Randall Garrison says the party believes the government’s anti-terrorism bill is dangerous and ineffective.
The committee plans to begin examining the bill clause-by-clause next week, and the NDP laid out about 40 amendments at a news conference today.
According to the New Democrats, under the bill, CSIS could take clandestine measures that violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as long as a judge sanctions the actions.
The legislation would also make it easier for police to limit the movements of a suspect, expand no-fly list powers, take aim at extremist propaganda on the Internet and dismantle barriers to sharing security-related information.
The Conservatives brought in the 62-page security bill following the murders of two Canadian soldiers just days apart last October