Friday, January 30, 2015

Two Questions about the new Anti-Terror Act

Today saw the unveiling of the proposed new Act to cope with terrorist activities, as discussed in this CTV article.

The draft bill may be found here.

Two immediate questions arise from the definitions set out below:

Question 1:
Would any activity by a person within Canada to further the separation of a geographical portion of Canada from the nation of Canada fall within the newly prohibited activities in this definition? Would this be an "activity" that "undermines ... the territorial integrity of Canada"?


Question 2:
Would any activities undertaken to block the transmission of oil through pipelines or by rail fall within the newly prohibited activities in this definition? Would this be an "activity" that amounts to "interference with critical infrastructure"?

The section dealing with the definition follows:





Be nice to be sure these activities are not now verboten by the new Act, eh?

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