Bill C 51, The Anti Terrorism Act Essay
Bill C-51, or the Anti-Terrorism Act was adopted by Parliament after the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 (Department of Justice 1). This act aimed to prevent terrorists from entering the country and committing terrorist attacks. In January 2015, Conservative Prime Minister, Stephan Harper proposed amendments to the Act to allow CSIS (The Canadian Security Intelligence Service) greater powers under this legislation. This was in response to shootings on Parliament Hill on October 22, 2015 (Vancouver Observer, 2015, 3). Under these new amendments to the Act, Bill C-51 introduces two new laws. These laws include the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act (2). However, although these amendments were made in response to real threats to Canadian soil, these laws contain legal issues that clearly violate sections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Legal Issues The amendments…