Canada’s counter-terrorism measures
Implications for human security, civil society, and charities
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Canadians usually subscribe to the notion that the federal conservative party is more pro-security than its liberal opponents and hence its robust posture in introducing the crime bill (C10), anti-terrorism bill (C51), and tough citizenship and immigration laws, which might have cost it its re-election bid in the past. Once the Liberal government took office in 2015, its election manifesto outlined a promise to change the “controversial” clauses of bill C51; however, as of today, no concrete measures have been delivered toward fulfilling the promise. Additionally, some global and local events are taking place at a rapid pace such as a refugee influx from the South, Canada’s withdrawal from global conflict zones versus its renewed interests in peacekeeping operations, home-grown lone-wolf terrorism, violent right-wing extremism, environmental and indigenous activism. These have significant national security implications and whether Canada is ready to face these challenges through its current security governance mechanism needs to be explored earnestly. In light of these challenges this chapter aims to contextualize the existing security governance structure (primarily related to the federal public safety, immigration, national defence, and justice departments) along with relevant legislation in dealing with the unfolding events. Next, it explains essential ramifications for Canadians in general, and civil society in particular, as the security governance regime affects them on a daily basis. A qualitative methodological approach is adopted to research the subject and the primary source of data is one-on-one interviews from principal actors in all the above-mentioned government as well as civil society sectors.

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