On April 24, 2013 Parliament passed Bill S-7, known as the Combating Terrorism Act. With this action, Parliament stripped away vital protections for citizens in favour of unnecessary and ineffective measures to confront terrorism.
This act unjustifiably expands the scope and reach of state authority without any accompanying expansion of accountability and oversight. The BCCLA joined with many other groups and individuals to urge Parliament not to adopt this dangerous legislation.
Before the Bill was adopted, Policy Director Micheal Vonn had this to say to Global Television:
“It is morally and constitutionally repugnant to consider locking someone away for up to a year with no criminal charge. This Bill threatens ancient, precious and hard-won democratic safeguards…” – Policy Director Micheal Vonn