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Canadian MPs pass anti-terror Bill C-51 boosting spy agency powers

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http://rt.com/news/256425-canada-terrorism-bill-passed/

Despite nationwide protests across Canada, the lawmakers have passed the controversial anti-terrorism bill, known as Bill C-51, thus granting the country’s spy agency extra powers and carte blanche to operate overseas for the first time.

The Anti-Terrorism Act has won the approval of the House of Commons. It passed the third reading by a margin of 183 to 96, thanks to the Conservative government's majority and support from the Liberal Party. It will now move to the Senate for an expected passage into law.

The ruling government tabled the legislation in January, claiming it would improve the safety of citizens after two attacks (believed to be the first on Canadian soil) left two soldiers dead in October.

Opponents of the bill say it “will recklessly undermine our rights and our privacy while making us less safe.” Tens of thousands of protestors across the nation took to the streets in March saying the bill undermines basic democratic rights and freedoms.

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Sounds like the Canadian version of the Patriot act. 

​Yes it does and it's amazing how main stream outlets outside of Canada are ignoring the protests against this.

 

Thousands gather across Canada to protest proposed anti-terror legislation

Thousands of Canadians came together to loudly denounce the Conservative government's proposed anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51, in scores of rallies held across the country on Saturday.

In Toronto, a large crowd gathered in Nathan Phillips Square, where NDP MPs Peggy Nash and Andrew Cash spoke, as well as Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.

In a park in Montreal's north end, a few dozen of the hundreds of demonstrators taped their mouths shut in protest of the bill, which opponents say would allow the government to stifle protest and dissent. As they marched toward the office of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, many of the large contingent waved signs bearing messages such as “Stop Harper,” and “Activism is not a crime.”

The Conservative government introduced the wide-ranging bill in January. It would give police much broader powers and allow them to detain terror suspects, as well as give new powers to Canada's spy agency.

Organizers of the nationwide protest say the bill would infringe upon Canadians' civil liberties and right to privacy, especially online.

 

Video at link: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/03/14/canada-wide-protests-planned-against-proposed-anti-terrorism-law.html

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^ Yeah, this is the first I've heard of it. 
The media must be trying to keep us all safe by not reporting squat nowadays.
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SO sorry to hear about this. Glad I ended up back in the States. Amazed I hadn't heard of it until tonight either. Stupid media censoring!@#$!@

 

 

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