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ANTI-TERRORISM MEASURES TO PROTECT CANADIANS
Jan 30, 2015 at 03:07 PM

PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER ANNOUNCES ANTI-TERRORISM MEASURES TO PROTECT CANADIANS

Introduction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that the Government has introduced legislation to protect Canadians from the evolving threat of terrorism and keep our communities safe. The Prime Minister made the announcement at Richmond Hill’s Bayview Hill Community Centre. He was joined by Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence.

The world is a dangerous place and, as most brutally demonstrated by last October’s attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism. The proposed legislation will provide Canadian law enforcement and national security agencies with additional tools and flexibility to keep pace with evolving threats and better protect Canadians here at home.

In line with measures taken by our allies, the Government is taking additional action to ensure our law enforcement and national security agencies can: counter those who advocate terrorism; prevent terrorist travel and the efforts of those who seek to use Canada as a recruiting ground; and disrupt planned attacks on Canadian soil.

The proposed legislation includes checks and balances to ensure it respects the rights of Canadians and complements other legislation passed by our Government in order to better protect Canadians and secure institutions, including the Combating Terrorism Act and the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act.

Quick Facts

  • The proposed legislation includes a comprehensive package of measures that will:
    • criminalize the advocacy or promotion of terrorism offences in general;
    • counter terrorist recruitment by giving our courts the authority to order the removal of terrorist propaganda online;
    • enhance the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)’s powers to address threats to the security of Canada while ensuring that courts maintain oversight;
    • provide law enforcement agencies with enhanced ability to disrupt terrorism offences and terrorist activity;
    • enhance the Passenger Protect Program by further mitigating threats to transportation security and preventing travel by air for the purpose of engaging in terrorism;
    • make it easier for law enforcement agencies to detain suspected terrorists before they can harm Canadians and to toughen penalties for violating court ordered conditions on terrorist suspects;
    • enable the effective and responsible sharing of relevant national security information across federal departments and agencies to better identify and address threats;
    • ensure 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 to Canada; and,
    • provide witnesses and other participants in national security proceedings and prosecutions with additional protection.
  • Although not part of this proposed legislation, we are also working with communities to prevent radicalization and intervene when individuals show signs of becoming radicalized.

“Our Government is serious about taking action to keep Canadians safe. Recent attacks in Canada, which led to the deaths of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, as well as attacks in France and Australia, are reminders that the world is a dangerous place and that Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism. Recent terrorist actions in Canada are not only an attack on our country, but also our values and our society as a whole.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“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.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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  • Backgrounder on Criminalizing the Advocacy or Promotion of Terrorism Offences in General
  • Backgrounder on Seizure of Terrorist Propaganda
  • Backgrounder on Strengthening Prevention Powers
  • Backgrounder on the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act
  • Backgrounder on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and Prevention Activity
  • Backgrounder on the Passenger Protect Program
  • Backgrounder on Division 9 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Backgrounder on Witness Protection

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PM takes part in Roundtable on National Security
Jan 29, 2015 at 04:05 PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper - Roundtable on National Security

January 29, 2015
Aurora, Ontario                  
Prime Minister’s Office

Introduction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today participated in a roundtable discussion on how best to protect Canadians from the evolving threats of terrorism and extremism. He was joined by Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora, Roxanne James, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, as well as York, Durham, Peel and Hamilton Chiefs of Police.

During the roundtable, Prime Minister Harper heard from law enforcement officials on the tools that authorities need to prevent and investigate terrorist acts, deal with them when they occur, and ensure that laws are in place to punish the violent criminals who engage in such hateful crimes.

Quick Facts

  • Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act formed a key component of the Government's Anti-terrorism Plan, which had four objectives:
    • to prevent terrorists from getting into Canada and protect Canadians from terrorist acts;
    • to bring forward tools to identify, prosecute, convict and punish terrorists;
    • to keep the Canada-U.S. border secure and a contributor to economic security; and,
    • to work with the international community to bring terrorists to justice and address the root causes of violence.
  • Canada’s first counter-terrorism strategy, Building Resilience Against Terrorism, was released in 2012.
  • This comprehensive strategy guides more than 20 federal departments and agencies to better align them to prevent and detect terrorism, deny terrorists the means and opportunities to pursue terrorist activities, and respond to threats when they occur.
  • Over the years, the Government of Canada has passed additional legislation such as the Combating Terrorism Act and the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act to better protect Canadians and secure institutions.
  • Nevertheless, last October’s attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu demonstrated that Canada is not immune to the evolving and increasingly diffuse threat of terrorism, which is why the Government will continue to take necessary steps to keep Canadians safe. 

“Our Government is serious about taking action to keep Canadians safe. The international jihadist movement has declared war on Canada, on our allies, and on our most sacred values and way of life. That’s why our Government committed the Canadian Armed Forces to the broad international coalition against the so-called Islamic State. Canada will not stand on the side-lines while our allies act to deny terrorists a safe haven – an international base – from which they would plot violence against us."

"I welcomed the opportunity today to participate in this important roundtable to discuss how we can prevent terrorism in Canada and neutralize terrorist cells, while ensuring that the rights and freedoms of law-abiding Canadians are respected. There is work to be done here at home as well. Tomorrow we will put legislation before Parliament that will help authorities stop planned attacks, get threats off our streets, criminalize the promotion of terrorism, and prevent terrorists from travelling abroad and recruiting others.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Statement by PM of Canada on International Day of Commemoration to Honour Victims of the Holocaust
Jan 27, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the International Day of Commemoration to Honour the Victims of the Holocaust

January 27, 2015
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement marking the International Day of Commemoration to Honour the Victims of the Holocaust:

“Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration and death camps. On this sombre day, the world has an obligation to reflect on the evil of the Holocaust, condemn the Nazi regime that perpetrated it, and to renew efforts to help prevent such horrors from being repeated in the future.

“On this anniversary we also honour those who, against all odds, survived the death camps and shared their experiences with the world so that we could better understand the horrors they endured. Words cannot do justice to their strength and courage.

“I was reminded of this extraordinary fortitude when I had the privilege of visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem last year. It was a truly moving experience that I will always remember.

“It is also important to recall the remarkable individuals who risked their lives to protect Jews and other victims of Nazi terror. The world should continue to draw inspiration from their righteousness and humanity.

“Recognizing that Canadians must remember this dark part of human history and learn from it, we are currently building a National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.

“On this day, I commit that Canada will continue to dedicate itself to supporting Holocaust remembrance, education and research and to combat anti-Semitism around the world.”

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