September 8, 2016 3:12 pm
Updated: September 8, 2016 6:19 pm

Liberals launch consultation on security, Bill C-51

WATCH ABOVE: Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced every Canadian can now participate in an broad online consultation regarding national security until Dec. 1, 2016.


OTTAWA – The Liberal government says it wants to hear from Canadians about revamping national security legislation.

The government opened an online consultation today soliciting feedback on everything from preventing attacks to ensuring intelligence agencies are accountable.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould were on hand for the announcement.

“Today’s consultation launch is an important step in the development of our national security framework,” Goodale said.

WATCH: Public safety minister discusses ‘more sensible’ ways on dealing with ‘problematic parts’ of Bill C-51

The government has promised to repeal what it calls the problematic elements of omnibus security legislation, known as Bill C-51, ushered in by the previous Conservative government.

The Liberals also plan to introduce new measures they say will do a better job of balancing collective security with rights and freedoms.

Among other things, the government has pledged to ensure all Canadian Security Intelligence Service warrants respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The consultation runs until Dec. 1, 2016.

-With files from Global News


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