Canada: Bill C-51 – A Legal Primer

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Canadian lawyers Clayton Ruby and Nader Hasan analyze Bill C-51 and conclude,

“Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, would expand the powers of Canada’s spy agency, allow Canadians to be arrested on mere suspicion of future criminal activity, allow the Minister of Public Safety to add Canadians to a “no-fly list” with illusory rights of judicial review, and, perhaps most alarmingly, create a new speech-related criminal offence of “promoting” or “advocating” terrorism. These proposed laws are misguided and many of them are likely also unconstitutional. The bill ought to be rejected as a whole. Repair is impossible.”

This content has been updated on 15 June 2015 at 7 h 36 min.