The Current

Canadian on no-fly list for over a decade still searching for answers

The Liberals campaigned on a promise to amend the controversial anti-terror legislation Bill C-51. But just what they plan to do with it remains to be seen. We hear from a man who's become an unwilling security expert after being stuck on a no-fly list for more than a decade.
Shahid Mahmood has been trying to get his name removed from Canada's no-fly list for more than a decade. (Jimmy Harris/Flickr cc)

The return of Parliament later this month will also mean the return of Bill C-51.

The legislation has been contentious from the start. It will expand the powers of Canada's civilian spy agency, streamline information sharing among government departments and allow police to hold people for longer before laying charges.
Shahid Mahmood was held off a domestic Air Canada flight in 2004 because his name is on a no-fly list. He's been trying to get off it ever since. (Courtesy: Shahid Mahmood)

And though Trudeau voted in favour of Bill C-51, he's vowed to amend some of its more controversial parts. 

Shahid Mahmood is all too familiar with one aspect of the anti-terror legislation — the part expanding the scope of Canada's no-fly list. He is an urban planner and part-time political cartoonist whose name is on a no-fly list. 

The expanded no-fly list is just one of several contentious issues included in Bill C-51 and just one of the areas the government could move to amend. 

For a broader discussion about Bill C-51, its strengths and its weaknesses, The Current spoke to:

The Current did invite the Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale, but he was not available for this segment. 

This segment was produced by The Current's John Chipman and Kinsey Clarke.