May 06, 2015
By Kim O'Hare
Despite stiff opposition by many groups and individuals, the government’s anti-terror bill, C-51, has been given final approval in the Commons.
With the backing of the Liberals and the Tory majority, there was little doubt the bill would pass.
The legislation gives the Canadian Security Intelligence Service more power to thwart suspected terrorist plots not just gather information about them.
It also increases the exchange of federal security information, broadens no-fly list powers and creates a new criminal offence of encouraging someone to carry out a terrorist attack.
Critics say the bill gives too much power to C-SIS with too little oversight.