The committee continued its review of anti-terrorism legislation (Bill S-7) that would re-enact two controversial measures that lapsed in 2007. These measures include the ability for police to arrest someone suspected of terrorism even before a crime has been committed, and for a judge to impose conditions upon a suspect’s release.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud discussed ongoing efforts within the force to prevent, detect, and respond to national security threats and spoke in favour of the additional measures proposed in the bill.
Professor Emeritus Martin Rudner from Carleton University spoke about the evolution of the terrorist threat in Canada and across the world. He responded to questions concerning the growth of terrorist organizations, national awareness, and the need for anti-terrorism legislation.