Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Anti-Terrorism Act

Mr. Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, CPC):

Lemieux.P@parl.gc.ca

[Translation]

"Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak here today in order to clarify the government’s motion to extend the clauses of the Anti-terrorism Act that are about to expire.

[English]

The motion is not about security certificates. It is about the security of Canadians. It is not about detainees in Kingston or the war in Afghanistan. It is about the right to be protected from terrorist attacks. And it most certainly should not be about partisan politics. It is about providing two important tools to Canada’s law enforcement authorities to assist in the investigation and prevention of terrorist attacks, nothing more.

The extension we are proposing does not in any way threaten civil liberties. In fact, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the constitutionality of these provisions."