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Bill C-59 empowers our national security agencies by respecting our rights and freedoms

By ISG Senator Marc Gold      

We live in a dangerous world. Our intelligence and security agencies need a range of powers to protect us from threats we face, whether from terrorism, espionage, or interference with our democratic institutions.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured recently at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, is the House sponsor of Bill C-59. The bill will only strengthen national security, says its Senate sponsor, ISG Sen. Marc Gold. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Debate on Bill C-59, the National Security Act, has begun in the Senate, and the position of its opposition critics is already clear: Bill C-59 will weaken national security. They make two general claims. First, that the new system of oversight and review will impose a burden on our intelligence and security agencies and do nothing to enhance our security. Second, that the bill unnecessarily limits our agencies’ abilities to combat terrorism, whether by limiting their existing powers or by repealing certain parts of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, introduced by the previous government.

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