Title

Eight Reasons Why Canada Must Repeal Its Anti-Terror Laws

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

12-20-2016

Abstract

"Sunny ways my friends," Canadian prime Minister Justin Trudeau told his supporters on election night last year. "Sunny ways. This is what positive politics can do."

One of Trudeau’s main campaign promises was to hold public consultations to review and amend draconian national security laws (known as Bill C-51 at the time) that the outgoing Conservative government enacted prior to being thrown out in 2015.

After public consultations wrapped up last week, many are now awaiting to see if sunlight will disinfect the national security shadow.

Like most countries, Canada’s legal landscape underwent a seismic shift in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. The Liberal government, led at the time by prime minister Jean Chretien, enacted a slew of national security laws and policies. They included the 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act, which echoed the infamous American Patriot Act.

Publication Title

Middle East Eye