Hon. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, the justice for victims of terrorism act would give victims of terror a civil remedy against their terrorist perpetrators, but it would limit the remedy by immunizing the state perpetrator of terrorism, allowing the remedy to be used only against proxies or agents of the state sponsor.
Why is the government denying Canadians an effective remedy against states that support terrorist proxies or that commit the terrorist acts themselves?
Hon. Vic Toews (Minister of Public Safety, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I know the member has been working on this file for a long time, and we appreciate the support that he has provided in giving us advice.
We have proceeded in the way that we have in the bill because of the advice we received from various organizations. We believe that this is the most effective way to ensure that terrorists are held accountable and that victims have a remedy in situations where they would otherwise not have a remedy.