“I am certain that police forces right across Canada are re-examining their plans in order to determine what we can do better in order to prepare for this type of possibility,” he said.
Toews would not comment if Canada faced similar threats, but said that police authorities are “very mindful” of any threats as they come up, and that both CSIS and the RCMP are continually investigating any “suspicious activities that could lead to problems.”
The Conservatives announced on Friday that it will be pushing for the passage of stronger anti-terrorism measures starting on Monday in the House of Commons.
Some of the measures contained in Bill S-7, called the “Combating Terrorism Act,” include:
- Making it an offence to leave the country to participate in acts of terror
- Granting police the powers to pre-emptively arrest someone and hold them for up to three days without charge
- Imprisonment for up to 12 months if an indvidual refuses to testify before a judge in an investigative hearing
Toews denied that the government was using the fear stemming from the Boston attack to ramp up pressure on the opposition to pass the bill.
“This is something that we’ve been needing to do for quite a while,” he said. “The incident in Boston simply demonstrates the need for this type of legislation.”
And this, my critical American anons, is exactly why I have every right to have an opinion regarding American politics/current events.
Please realize that there is an entire world around your country (crazy right) that is affected by the political/economical structure of your native land.