Manitoba civil liberties watchdog raises concerns about anti-terrorism bill
A Manitoba civil liberties watchdog is raising concerns about the Conservative government's new counterterrorism bill.
Michelle Falk, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties, said it comes on the heels of a Winnipeg man who has been labelled an 'extremist' and is being monitored by Canada's spy agency.
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The man, who goes by the alias Harun Abdurahman, runs a Twitter account that supported ISIS, a group of militants fighting to establish an Islamist state.
The Winnipeg man hasn't been charged with anything, but the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS, is monitoring his online activity.
"With Bill C-51, it seems the court has a pre-approval to violate fundamental human rights that are protected in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Anyone who values civil liberties would be concerned with this bill," she said.
Falk said one of the values of democracy is freedom of speech, but the bill doesn't say anything about that.
Falk said the bill has broad implications depending on how terrorism is defined.
"There's too much possibility for people who haven't done anything wrong to be put in jail or to be subject to extra monitoring," she said.