Member of Parliament Randy Hoback highlights anti-terrorism measures to better protect Canadians
This morning in the City of Prince Albert, Member of Parliament Randy Hoback highlighted the importance of the measures included in the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 with representatives of Prince Albert fire, police, and ambulatory and seniors services. The measures will better protect Canadians from the evolving threat of terrorism and keep our communities safe.
The Hon. Gerry Ritz, PC, MP, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food co-hosted the roundtable with Mr. Hoback.
The world is a dangerous place and, as most brutally demonstrated by last October’s terrorist attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism. The proposed legislation will provide Canadian law enforcement and national security agencies with the required tools to keep pace with evolving threats and better protect Canadians in Saskatchewan and across our nation.
In line with measures taken by our allies, our Government is taking additional action to ensure our law enforcement and national security agencies can: counter those who advocate terrorism; prevent terrorist travel and the efforts of those who seek to use Canada as a recruiting ground; and disrupt planned attacks on Canadian soil.
The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 includes checks and balances to ensure it respects the rights of Canadians and complements other legislation passed by our Government in order to better protect Canadians and secure institutions, including the Combating Terrorism Act and the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act.
The proposed legislation includes a comprehensive package of measures that will:
criminalize the advocacy or promotion of terrorism offences in general;
counter terrorist recruitment by giving our courts the authority to order the removal of terrorist propaganda online;
enhance the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)’s powers to address threats to the security of Canada while ensuring that courts maintain oversight;
provide law enforcement agencies with enhanced ability to disrupt terrorism offences and terrorist activity;
enhance the Passenger Protect Program by further mitigating threats to transportation security and preventing travel by air for the purpose of engaging in terrorism;
make it easier for law enforcement agencies to detain suspected terrorists before they can harm Canadians and to toughen penalties for violating court ordered conditions on terrorist suspects;
enable the effective and responsible sharing of relevant national security information across federal departments and agencies to better identify and address threats;
ensure that national security agencies are better able to protect and use classified information when denying entry and status to non-citizens who pose a threat to Canada; and,
provide witnesses and other participants in national security proceedings and prosecutions with additional protection.
Although not part of this proposed legislation, we are also working with communities to prevent radicalization and intervene when individuals show signs of becoming radicalized.
The proposed Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act, introduced in October 2014, ensures that CSIS can fully investigate threats to the security of Canada abroad and also includes technical amendments to the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act to allow the Government to seek earlier implementation of the citizenship revocation provisions that received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014.
In 2013, the Combating Terrorism Act made it a criminal offence to leave or attempt to leave Canada for the purposes of participating in or facilitating terrorist activity.
In 2012, the Government of Canada released Canada's Counter-terrorism Strategy which guides over 20 federal organizations to prevent, detect, deny and respond to the threat of terrorism.
The Government of Canada committed $1.5 billion over five years through Budget 2010 to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to maintain a secure air travel security system, and better align the aviation system with international security requirements.
Budget 2006 provided ongoing funding of approximately $35 million to support the government’s horizontal anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regime.
Introduced in 2006, the Passenger Protect Program identifies individuals who may pose a threat to aviation security and disrupts their ability to cause harm by taking action, such as preventing them from boarding an aircraft.
The RCMP Terrorism Prevention Program complements counter-terrorism efforts by increasing awareness of efforts to disrupt individuals and groups through the education of front-line officers on how to tactically mobilize to counter terrorist threats, and by building awareness and education at the community level regarding identifying and responding to behavioral indicators before an individual engages in violence.
“Our Government is serious about taking action to keep Canadians safe. Recent attacks in Canada, which led to the deaths of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, as well as attacks in France and Australia, are reminders that the world is a dangerous place and that Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism. Recent terrorist actions in Canada are not only an attack on our country, but also our values and our society as a whole.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
“Canadians can rest assured that in these proposed measures, we will continue to safeguard Canadians’ constitutional rights, including those of speech, of association and of religion — the very rights that terrorists seek to destroy”. – Randy Hoback, MP (Prince Albert)