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‘Outrageous’ bill to spark showdowns, lawyer warns

Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

A government proposal to enlist judges to authorize Charter breaches and other law-breaking by CSIS has alarmed leading national security law experts.

Critics point to potential constitutional problems with the proposed Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (Bill C-51), tabled Jan. 29, including its creation of the speech crime of knowingly advocating or promoting terrorism, and new restrictions on confidential information disclosure by CSIS to the special advocates who defend the interests of those slated for deportation pursuant to security certificates.

But just as troubling, national security lawyers say,...