Mar 27, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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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

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