OTTAWA (AFP) – In the aftermath of two deadly attacks on Canadian soil this week and amid growing concerns over the radicalisation of local youths, Ottawa is quickly moving to bolster its surveillance capabilities.
The new laws would give authorities more powers to track terror suspects abroad and detain persons at home suspected of plotting attacks.
The attacks on soldiers outside Montreal on Monday and in Ottawa on Wednesday came just days after Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney announced draft legislation to give new powers to Canada’s spy agency.
The legislation was to be unveiled in parliament on Wednesday, when a gunman fatally shot a soldier at Ottawa’s war memorial before storming the halls of parliament, where he himself was shot dead.
The proposed amendment to the 1984 Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Act will be “unveiled soon,” Blaney’s spokesman told AFP.
“Our laws and police powers need to be strengthened in the area of surveillance, detention, and arrest,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper told lawmakers on Thursday.
“They need to be much strengthened,” he said. “I assure members that work which is already under way will be expedited.”