Canada announces anti-terrorism legislation

3 February 2015 (Last Updated February 3rd, 2015 18:30)

The Canadian Government has announced legislation to safeguard Canadian citizens against a broad spectrum of evolving terrorist threats.

The Canadian Government has announced legislation to safeguard Canadian citizens against a broad spectrum of evolving terrorist threats.

Featuring a comprehensive package of measures, Canadian law enforcement and national security agencies will receive additional tools and flexibility to keep up with emerging threats.

Specifically, the legislation is expected to criminalise the advocacy or promotion of terrorism offences and terrorist recruitment by enabling courts to order the removal of terrorist propaganda online.

"Our government understands that extreme jihadists have declared war on us, on all free people, and on Canada specifically."

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: "Our government understands that extreme jihadists have declared war on us, on all free people, and on Canada specifically.

"Our government will continue to protect the rights and safety of all Canadians. We will not, however, privilege the so-called rights of terrorists and others who would harm Canadians over the rights of law-abiding citizens.

"The proposed legislation would provide our security and law enforcement agencies with the required tools and flexibility they need to effectively detect and disrupt national security threats before they happen, keeping Canadians safe."

Compliant with other Canadian legislation designed to protect citizens and secure institutions, including the Combating Terrorism Act and the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, the legislation would provide law enforcement agencies with enhanced ability to disrupt terrorism offences and terrorist activity.

Law enforcement agencies would be able to detain suspected terrorists, with tougher penalties for violating court-ordered conditions.

The government is also working with communities to prevent radicalisation, as well as and ensuring that national security agencies are better able to protect and use classified information when denying entry and status to non-citizens who pose a threat.