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Proposed security bill omits essential check on abuse of power

The federal government has tabled Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters, its response to concerns about the extensive powers and accountability failures of the 2015 Anti-Terrorism Act, Bill C-51. Bill C-59 has its positives, including necessary accountability measures for security agencies CSIS, CSE and the RCMP. It clarifies CSIS powers; removes concerns around definitions of the crime of terrorism; introduces some safeguards for the No Fly List; and tries in part to address concerns about information collection and sharing.

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