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Bill C-51 could have been used to prevent Arar from coming back from Syria to Canada, says lawyer

The election ushered in what is certain to be a period of uncertainty and discord unseen in Canada for years.
Extraordinary rendition: Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen with dual Syrian citizenship was travelling home to Canada from Tunisia in 2002 when he was detained by U.S. authorities while changing planes at New York City's JFK Airport. Ha was transferred to Syria where he was held for a year and tortured. He was released without charge. The O'Connor Commission of Inquiry in 2006 cleared Mr. Arar of any links to terrorism. Mr Arar received $10.5-million and Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized to Mr. Arar for Canada's role. The Hill Times photograph by Tom Hilman
By Laura Ryckewaert      

The federal government’s proposed Anti-Terrorism Act, Bill C-51, would lead to “unbridled” information sharing, says immigration and refugee lawyer Lorne Waldman, a former co-counsel for Maher Arar, and had it been in place at the time, it could have been used to keep Mr. Arar from returning to Canada.

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