Anti-terrorism Act, 2015
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Not to be confused with the with 2008 amendment to the Food and Drugs Act.
Anti-terrorism Act, 2015
An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts
Anti-terrorism Act, 2015
Parliament of Canada
Bill C-51, with the short title of Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, is a piece of passed legislation to amend over a dozen Canadian laws, including the Criminal Code, to permit Canadian government agencies to share information about individuals with ease, and broadens the mandate of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). It is the first comprehensive reform of this kind since 2001.
The bill was introduced and passed by the Conservative Party, who hold a majority in Parliament, with support from the Liberal Party. It was opposed by the Green Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, the New Democratic Party (NDP), who have also filibustered Parliament to increase the time allocated to expert witness testimony on the Bill.
This proposed anti-terrorism Bill passed third reading with a vote 183-96 in favour.
I think it’s obvious that the attacks in October were at least inspired by the insane vision of ISIL … a genocidal terrorist organization that has explicitly, and on several occasions, said that it is targeting Canada.
Between 2013 and 2014, there had been twelve threat-to-VIP incidents according to the RCMP.
On October 20, 2014, Martin Couture-Rouleau deliberately rammed a car into a pair of Canadian Armed Forces soldiers in a shopping centre parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The attack was linked to terrorism by government and police officials including in a statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
On October 22, 2014, a series of shootings occurred on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, conducted by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, which left one Canadian soldier and Zehaf-Bibeau dead. Prime Minister Stephen Harper labelled the shootings as a ‘terrorist act’, stating that “this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts and those of our national security agencies to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home, just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with a hope.” After the incident security on Parliament Hill has been transferred to the RCMP.
In response to these incidents, the Conservative government introduced multiple pieces of legislation that affect security, privacy and the power of policy agencies such as bills C-13, S-4, and C-44.
On February 23, 2015, Bill C-51 passed the second reading in the House of Commons with a vote of 176-87.
In order to supervise the proper construction of the bill, the Conservative government planned to allot three sessions to witness testimony. After an NDP filibuster, the number of testimonies expanded to nine.
Part one enacts the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act, which authorizes the disclosure of information throughout and within the government of Canada regarding activities that “undermine” Canadian security.
Part two enacts the Secure Air Travel Act, which creates listing mechanisms and prohibitions for persons who may pose a threat to air transportation or who may travel abroad to commit terrorism offences.
Part three makes significant amendments to the Criminal Code including criminalization of the expression of ideas related to terrorism.
Part four expands the mandate of CSIS to operate both inside and outside of Canada (also in conjunction with Bill C-44) and to operate in a more active manner, as opposed to its previously passive information collection role.
Part five relates to amendments to immigration security certificate legislation allowing, in part, the government to withhold information from the specially appointed, national security approved Special Advocates retained to represent a detained person in confidential and closed national security hearings.
With an expanded mandate, CSIS would be granted the ability to “disrupt terror plots, make it easier for police to limit the movements of a suspect, expand no-fly list powers, crack down on terrorist propaganda, and remove barriers to sharing security-related information.”
Under the bill’s changes, seventeen Canadian departments would be able to exchange information easily between each other, including tax information from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Bill C-51 grants the Canadian government the ability to rightly intercede and stop “violent Islamic jihadi terrorists” inspired by the existence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney stated that the international jihadi movement has “declared war on Canada” and other countries around the world. He further reassured that the new tactics granted to CSIS would only be used if there are reasonable grounds to believe a particular activity constitutes a threat to the security of Canada.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper proposed the legislation, stating that the bill offered “considerable” oversight, and that it is a fallacy to suppose that “every time you protect Canadians, you take away their liberties.”
The Liberal Party supports the bill; Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau has said it offers “significant improvements that will keep Canadians safer,” although he wants the bill to include more oversight and regular reviews. He has also suggested that his support is in part based on the upcoming election, and tactically avoiding the Conservative Party’s “fear narrative.”
Threat to civil rights
It is absolutely vital that terrorist threats be addressed through measures that are in keeping with international human rights obligations.
The Canadian arm of Amnesty International indicated that the anti-terrorism bill could be used to target environmental activists and aboriginal protesters, or any other form of protest without an official permit or court order. An RCMP report names Greenpeace in language that would permit CSIS powers against them.
Daniel Therrien, the appointed federal Privacy Commissioner, suggests that the bill fails to protect the safety and privacy of Canadians, for it grants unprecedented and excessive powers to government departments and agencies. His analysis indicates that Bill C-51 “opens the door to collecting, analyzing and potentially keeping forever the personal information of all Canadians,” including every instant of “a person’s tax information and details about a person’s business and vacation travel.” Ultimately, Therrien calls for significant changes and amends to Bill C-51, so that it respects privacy rights.
Law professor Craig Forcese, suggests that the increase of information the bill permits would “create a new concept of information sharing that is so vast that it risks increasing the size of the haystack to such a magnitude that it becomes more difficult to find needles”.
Former British Columbia MP and cabinet minister Chuck Strahl says there is no need for greater oversight, and the existing five-member Security Intelligence Review Committee has done a good job to date.
Enhanced CSIS disruption powers
Use of Islamophobia and fear tactics in the media
Lorne Dawson, a University of Waterloo sociology professor, stated that “CSIS is likely more interested in the kind of anti-immigrant, anti-Islam sentiment that has taken root in some parts of northern Europe.”
On March 4, 2015, the Conservative Party released a promotional graphic over Facebook featuring an UGUS spokesperson threatening western shopping malls, naming West Edmonton Mall specifically. The post was judged to be “fear mongering”.
Open letters from Canadians
One hundred law professors have written against the bill.
Over 150 Canadian Business leaders signed an open letter to the government circulated by OpenMedia.ca.
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke sent an open letter against the bill writing: “We feel that Bill C-51, in its current state, could potentially and perhaps even predictably be used to future oppress our defense of our Aboriginal rights and Title.”
The main website for the coalition of groups working to stop C-51 can be found at StopC51.ca. It is hosted by OpenMedia.ca in collaboration with several other organizations and people across the country. The #StopC51 campaign has seen over 235,000 online actions as of June 1, 2015 in addition to in-person events across the country.
Anti Bill C-51 rally in Calgary
Under the leadership of Paul Finch, the BCGEU called a major anti-C51 rally for Vancouver and began funding LeadNow to organize actions nationally. Then after a successful post on the social media website Reddit, under the site’s subsection /r/Canada, a group of online activists generated another subsection for the organization of protests across the country. Within a few weeks, over 70,000 Canadians have spoken out against the bill.
Through ‘we.leadnow.ca’, forty-five protests occurred across Canada on March 14, 2015, which organizers called a Day of Action. The rally drew thousands of demonstrators across fifty-five Canadian cities. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair joined demonstrators in Montreal in a march to Justin Trudeau’s office, while Green Party leader Elizabeth May joined the rally in Toronto.
The Prime Minister is telling Canadians they need to choose between their security and their rights — that safety and freedom are mutually exclusive. Instead of putting forward concrete measures to make Canadians safer and protect our freedoms, Conservatives have put politics over principle and introduced a bill that is sweeping, dangerously vague, and likely ineffective.
On February 4, 2015, the Communist Party of Canada began a campaign against Bill C-51 stating they “will do everything in our power to help defeat Bill C-51.” On March 4, 2015, the party publicly supported the cross-Canada Day of Action against Bill C-51.
On February 18, 2015, Thomas Mulcair of the NDP showcased his party’s opposition to the bill. During Question Period in the Canadian House of Commons, Mulcair stated that Canadians “should not have to choose between security and their rights.”
On February 19, 2015, a joint statement was published and signed by four former prime ministers: Jean Chretien, Paul Martin, Joe Clark, and John Turner. Eighteen others signed the statement, including five former Supreme Court justices, seven former Liberal solicitors general and ministers of justice, three past members of the intelligence review committee, two former privacy commissioners and a retired RCMP watchdog. The statement calls for stronger security oversight, as “serious human rights abuses can occur in the name of maintaining national security”.
On March 1, 2015, the Pirate Party of Canada provided a press release in opposition to the bill, calling for debate, criticism and discussion. Among their criticisms, they believe that the bill is redundant as there are existent laws dealing with terrorist, and this proposal opens the potential for governmental abuse as it “will also allow the government to arrest and incarcerate any citizen based on subjective evidence, then have that evidence destroyed”
On March 6, 2015, Daniel Therrien, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, stated that the powers of Bill C-51 “are excessive and the privacy safeguards proposed are seriously deficient.” He speaks to the potential of limitless powers within the 17 federal agencies that would exist if this bill were to be passed.
Public’s Ongoing Outrage
Are you tired of Power Hungry Treasonous Canadian Puppet Politician HARPER who is slowly laying the foundation and groundwork for the entire theft of Canada’s Natural Resourse which the Imperialistic American Stooge Traitor Puppet Politician covet so much for there “Khazarian Zionist Ashkenazi False Jew Synagogue of Satan 1% of the 1%
Harper has lied and used 3 non terrorist event and called them Terrorist Act to pass his Tyrannical Bill C-51 These act were either act of just lone nut or Total False flag op with stooge mind controlled Manchurian Assassin regardless it does not really matter as it was a typical Hegalian Dialect op of PROBLEM REACTION SOLUTION
His PROBLEM was getting this tyrannical Bill C-51 passed as we all know there was a massive backlash against Bill C-51
His evil REACTION was to uses any sort of violent gun related event and call it a Terrorist event or if necessary use CSIS to create evil terrorist events
His payback SOLUTION for giving his Dictatorship such a hard time was finally ramming Bill C-51 with his Criminal De-Facto Majority Government down Canadian throats and clearly showing his total CONTEMPT For the Canadian People You and Me AGAIN
It’s a kind of perverse use of the Hegalian Dialect but it is still the same old Satan tactic of Deception. It’s a Satanic evil principal of Deceiving your opponents But when your decieving your own countrymen it becomes the worst of crimes it becomes TREASON
Harper is again Guilty of TREASON now for a 3rd count of GRAND TREASON
We as Canadians must act and we must act now or loose our entire Nation
Step 1: is for ALL Canadian to sign the petition at https://killc51.ca/
Step 2: Is to all vote in the next Election but we must all put a box on the Ballot for NONE OF THE ABOVE because choosing the lesser of what 3 or 4 evil parties is still CHOOSING EVIL
Step 3: Demand Justice for all past Governments crimes
Step 4: Make the Government run on the same system as Jury Duty Except this would be called Government Duty If selected you would serve one term at a set pay for a set period of time. No one citizen has to serve twice ONE term only. There would also be a severe criminal penalties system for anyone serving who in any way commits a criminal act against the people. Government Lobbyist should be outlawed completely and make taking a bribe akin to treason in the new revised Criminal Code of Canada. Then and only then would we really have a truly honest For the People By the People Government