OTTAWA – The Conservatives have used their majority on the House of Commons public safety committee to vote down the first wave of opposition amendments to the federal anti-terrorism bill.
As clause-by-clause consideration got under way today, opposition MPs from four parties put forward suggested changes to the 62-page security bill.
Among the rejected amendments were a built-in expiry clause for new provisions and a requirement that the privacy commissioner report annually to the public safety minister on expanded information-sharing powers.
The government bill would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service more power to thwart suspected terrorist plots – not just gather information about them.
It would also increase the exchange 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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