Anti-terrorism – May 7, 2012

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Anti-terrorism – May 7, 2012

Senators continued their review of Bill S-7, the government’s anti-terrorism legislation.

Steve Irwin, an inspector with the Toronto Police’s Intelligence Division, discussed the bill via videoconference from a municipal policing perspective. He testified on the reinstatement of investigative hearings measures, as well the new offences for leaving or attempting to leave Canada to commit terrorism offences.

Kathy Vandergrift, chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, and Shelly Whitman, director of the Child Soldiers Initiative at Dalhousie University (by videoconference) addressed the need to assess the impact of the amendments on Canadian youth. Both witnesses commented on the recruitment and use of Canadian children by terrorist groups.