1. Prime Minister Harper's Conservative government will introduce new legislation Friday aimed at giving more powers to Canada's police and security agencies.
  2. The move comes in the wake of two attacks by converts to Islam last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Sunday.
  3. Cpt. Nathan Cirillo was killed on October 22, 2014 by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau:
  4. Canadian Forces Warrant officer Patrice Vincent, 53, was struck and killed by Martin Couture-Rouleau on Oct. 20 in a St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
  5. In the days following the shooting in Ottawa, Harper's government introduced a bill to enhance Canada's spy agency.
  6. It said at the time it would also present other legislation designed to allow police to preempt threats and crack down on hate speech.
  7. On Sunday, Harper said the new legislation would not infringe on constitutionally protected rights to free speech, association and religion.
  8. Some experts and constitutional lawyers say law enforcement agencies could use provisions in Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act. The 2013 Combating Terrorism Act introduced new powers and penalties aimed in part at preventing such attacks. It also allows for preventative detention and interrogating suspects before any charges are laid in certain circumstances.
  9. Some CBC readers are concerned about the amount of power the government might yield if this bill is to pass:
  10. We are following down the same path as out neighbours to the south
  11. Well there goes our privacy and personal freedoms. I used to vote conservative but never again with this administration. I do not live in the united states for a reason, and it seems we are just following everything they do these days.
  12. Do the authorities need additional powers or additional resources? The terrorists in the Ottawa/Sydney/Paris attacks were already well known to authorities. Giving authorities additional powers would not have helped in preventing the attacks, but additional resources might have.
  13. Existing laws are enough. Writing new laws that actually impede upon the civil liberties of everyone are not required. Enforce the laws that exist. Surveillance states as outlined in George Orwell's 1984 was not an instruction manual, it was a warning of how we fail in humanity. This is an attempt at making thought, a crime. Rubbish policy from a rubbish government.
  14. no amount of police powers could stop what happened in Ottawa last year. and i am not willing to trade my freedoms and privacy for a false sense of security.
  15. While other readers support Prime Minister Harper's efforts to ensure the safety of Canadians:
  16. I am for it, this way there wouldn't be any excuses when questioning the mentioned agencies or holding them accountable in the event of failing to protect Canadians. Moreover I hope that conservatives would come up with tougher sentences on crime, work on the Canadian broken justice system that is not fit for a great country like Canada. The justice system has to be fixed and tougher sentences imposed on criminals and not allowing any further nonsense sentences and slaps on the wrist for serious crimes.
  17. I am for it, this way there wouldn't be any excuses when questioning the mentioned agencies or holding them accountable in the event of failing to protect Canadians. Moreover I hope that conservatives would come up with tougher sentences on crime, work on the Canadian broken justice system that is not fit for a great country like Canada. The justice system has to be fixed and tougher sentences imposed on criminals and not allowing any further nonsense sentences and slaps on the wrist for serious crimes.
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