The Canadian Parliament is debating the country’s most significant national security reform in over a decade. The proposed act, known as Bill C-51, would supplement antiterror laws that were enacted following 9/11. Bill C-51, proposed in January by the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is a highly politicized response in a parliamentary election
In a bid to stop Canadians from joining terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, the government has introduced measures allowing officials to swiftly revoke passports from suspected extremists. According to Michel Coulombe, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the number of Canadians who had left for Syria and Iraq had increased 50% this year.