Newspaper article The Canadian Press

10 Things about the Liberal Government's Security Bill, Now before Committee

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

10 Things about the Liberal Government's Security Bill, Now before Committee

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10 things about the Liberal security bill

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OTTAWA - The Liberal government's national security legislation, introduced in June, is being studied by the House of Commons public safety committee. The wide-ranging package would:

-- Limit, but not scrap, a measure from the Harper Conservatives allowing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to disrupt terror plots, not just gather information about them.

-- Amend other contentious provisions of existing legislation that deal with information-sharing, terrorist propaganda and promotion of terrorism.

-- Roll the functions of existing watchdogs into a super-agency known as the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.

-- Empower the new watchdog to ensure more than a dozen federal security organizations comply with the law.

-- Create an intelligence commissioner, an independent agent who would authorize certain intelligence and cybersecurity activities -- a measure intended to boost public confidence. …

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