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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