#CyberFLASH: Bob Zimmer addresses Bill C-51 concerns

typing-image-genericThe following is an op-ed from local MP Bob Zimmer. In the piece Zimmer addresses Bill C-51, and the concerns associated with the bill.

Below are his comments:

Like most Canadians, I believe that jihadi terrorism is one of the most dangerous enemies our world has ever faced. The recently released annual report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) reconfirmed what many of us already knew, that this type of terrorism is not just a threat somewhere else; it seeks to harm us on our own soil. In our cities. In our neighbourhoods. Canadians are targets by these terrorists for no other reason than that we are Canadians. They want to harm us because they hate our society, and the values it represents.

The recent terrorist attacks here and around the world have shown us that terrorists refine and adapt their methods, our police and national security agencies need additional tools and greater coordination. That is why our Government introduced Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, legislation that includes measures similar to those already in place in countries like the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, France, and Australia.

Unfortunately, I know there has been a lot of misinformation circulating about what the implementation of this important Bill will mean to everyday, law-abiding Canadians, and I wanted to take this time to further explain some of these measures and dispel some of the prevailing myths surrounding this legislation.

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