Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Terrorism Bill S-3

Criminal Code

Bill to Amend-Second Reading-Debate Adjourned

Hon. David Tkachuk (tkachd@sen.parl.gc.ca) moved second reading of Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (investigative hearing and recognizance with conditions). …

"…Honourable senators, as I said at the outset, terrorism has long been with us in one form or another. It has evolved to take advantage today of every advance in technology and, of course, differing ideologies, spreading its evil wings in an effort to accomplish through widespread terror what it cannot accomplish through legitimate means. We, on the other hand, must avail ourselves of every legitimate means to combat it.

Honourable senators, the government is aware that the provisions in Bill S-3 were a sunset provisions in the Anti-Terrorism Act and that the majority of the House of Commons voted last February against renewal. They thus expired on March 1, 2007, when the sunset provision came into effect. However, the provisions of this bill have been modified to take into account many of the objections of those who opposed them in the House. They are critical tools in the fight against the ongoing and insidious threat of terrorism and they should be supported this time. These provisions are in fact crucial to preventing and investigating terrorist attacks. …"