Senators continued their examination of Bill S-7, an act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Security of Information Act.
David Vigneault, associate vice-president of the Canada Border Services Agency’s Programs Branch, discussed the role of his department under the current legislation. Vigneault also expressed his agency’s support of the counter-terrorism objectives outlined in the bill. Vigneault’s colleague Geoff Leckey aided in responding to the committee’s questions.
University of Ottawa visiting professor Wesley Wark conveyed his support for some of the provisions contained in the bill. He also discussed the types of threats that face Canadian borders. Professor Kent Roach of the University of Toronto appeared via videoconference to talk about his concerns regarding preventative arrests. He also spoke about some additions he would like to see made to the bill.