Bill C 51, The Anti Terrorism Act Essay

1552 Words Oct 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act has undergone recent changes since 2015. These changes have resulted in many legal issues that violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, namely, those freedoms regarding section 2(b), the freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression. This paper will discuss the background of Bill C-51, its legal issues regarding the violation of section 2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as applying each issue to the Oakes Test to determine if there are any justifications to the Charter violations.
Background
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…

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