On October 27th, Minister Blaney introduced the Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act – Bill C-44. Bill C-44 specifically: confirms CSIS’s authority to conduct investigations outside of Canada, confirms that the Federal Court can issue warrants for CSIS to investigate threats to our national security outside of Canada, gives the Federal Court authority to operate within the scope of relevant Canadian law when issuing warrants to authorize CSIS to undertake certain activities to investigate a threat to the security of Canada outside of Canada, protects the identity of CSIS human sources from disclosure – similar to protections afforded to informants to Canadian law enforcement agencies, protects the identity of CSIS employees who may engage in covert activities in the future, and seeks earlier implementation of the ability to revoke the citizenship of terrorists who are dual nationals.
- The events of last week are a reminder that ISIL is a very real threat to Canadians.
- That is why we are taking part in the coalition that is currently conducting air strikes against ISIL, and supporting the security forces in Iraq in their fight against this terrorist scourge.
- It is also the reason that we are working very determinedly to strengthen the tools available to the police and intelligence community in the areas of surveillance, detention and arrest. The Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act is just the first step of our efforts to do that.
- We will not overreact in response to last week’s terrorist attacks, but it is also time that we stop underreacting to the threats against us.