10 things about the Liberal governments security bill now before committee

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government’s national security legislation, introduced in June, is being studied by the House of Commons public safety committee. The wide-ranging package would:— Limit, but not scrap, a measure from the Harper Conservatives allowing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to disrupt terror plots, not just gather information about them.— Amend other contentious provisions of existing legislation that deal with information-sharing, terrorist propaganda and promotion of terrorism.— Roll the functions of existing watchdogs into a super-agency known as the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.— Empower the new watchdog to ensure more than a dozen federal security organizations comply with the law.— Create an intelligence commissioner, an independent agent who would authorize certain intelligence and cybersecurity activities — a measure intended to boost public confidence.— Allow the public safety minister to assure parents their child is not on the no-fly list when confusion arises at the airport.— Modernize the CSIS Act, establishing in law a regime authorizing activities — such as infiltration of a terrorist cell — that might otherwise break the law.— Require CSIS to seek a judge’s permission to keep datasets that primarily contain personal information about Canadians.— Give the Communications Security Establishment’s cyberspies power to take action against online threats to Canadian interests.— Repeal a provision first passed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks that required a person to appear before a judge and answer questions.last_img read more