Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Anti-terrorism Laws

Like many Canadians, I was shocked and saddened at the acts of terrorism resulting in the loss of life on Canadian soil.  It concerns me to hear of Canadian citizens leaving or attempting to leave Canada with the intentions of engaging in acts of terrorism.  It concerns me more that Canadians are actively being recruited by terrorists to join their cause.  I listened with excitement to Prime Minister Stephen Harper announce the Federal Government's new anti-terrorist laws.

The much need new anti-terrorism bill gives CSIS more anti-terror powers, including power to thwart a suspected extremist's travel plans. Those who are trying to leave Canada  with intentions of engaging in acts of terrorism can be detained.  These individuals can be denied entry reentry amd  they can be have their Canadian citizenship revoked.   CSIS will now have greater authority to take down any Canadian-based website promoting jihadist terrorism and I suspect any other type of terrorism.  This ability in itself, should help lower the recruitment of Canadians by overseas terrorists.   PM Stephen Harper admitted that some of the online activities of terrorists will be hard to detect but the new legislation will help keep Canadians safer.  He stressed that the new laws would ensure Canadian rights and freedoms.   He said the Canadian government will move ahead and modified as new terrorist threats evolve.  There will be judicial warrants required for certain procedures.  The solutions are not perfect but they will be able to intercept more people heading out of Canada with the intentions of engaging in acts of terrorism.  There will be a greater sharing of information between governmental departments especially immigration and law-enforcement.  It's important to note that these measures are designed to go after terrorists and potential terrorists, not just regular Canadian citizens so these are people that have been identified as posing a threat or a potential threat and they are going to nip it in the bud before they have a chance

I agree with the new anti-terrorism laws that will essentially close loop holes that some terrorists were utilizing.  These measures will prevent terrorists from using Canada as a haven for protecting their violent ideals.  These new laws are very much needed and welcomed!


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