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OTTAWA—Once bitten, twice shy. That’s the sense within Canadian Muslim communities when it comes to the Liberal government’s proposed overhaul of national security law under Bill C-59. The legislation was back before the House last week after examination by the Public Safety and National Security Committee. Let’s not forget where this first started. Under the previous government, Canadian anti-terrorism laws quickly morphed into overreaching and draconian policies. This was coupled with Muslim communities facing jarring public scrutiny and

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Government must rebuild trust with Canadian Muslims on national security

By Ihsaan Gardee      

Rebuilding trust with our communities cannot be achieved through roundtables and focus groups.

It's been over a decade since the Maher Arar Inquiry report first outlined some of the protracted problems within our country’s security apparatus. Through the haze of political haste, 12 years later Canadian Muslims are still seeking the partnership with government that ends their national security stigmatization, says Ihsaan Gardee. The Hill Times file photograph
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