10 things about the Liberal government's security bill, now before committee

By The Canadian Press
December 7, 2017 - 2:15pm

OTTAWA — 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.

The Canadian Press

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