Canadians Protest Proposed Anti-Terror Law
By Meredith Hoffman
March 15, 2015
Thousands of Canadians protested a proposed sweeping anti-terror bill this Saturday, claiming the legislation would rob citizens of their privacy and freedom.
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Civil rights organizers, aboriginal leaders and politicians gathered for the marches and carried signs including "Stop Harper" and "Activism is not a Crime."
"C-51 is a bill that could seriously endanger our right to protest peacefully, to stand up against a government or an infrastructure or an economic policy," New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulclair told the crowd in Montreal, according to the Toronto Star.
But Harper has justified the legislation, introduced in January, by alluding to recent attacks on Canadians inside the country. In October a Canadian Special Forces officer was killed in a hit-and-run and a corporal was shot standing guard at Ottawa's National War Memorial.
The bill is meant "to protect Canadians from the evolving threat of terrorism and to keep our communities safe," Harper has said, according to the Ottawa Express.
"Canadians understand that their freedom and security go hand-in-hand and expect us to protect both, and there are safeguards in this legislation to do exactly that," a statement by Harper's press office claimed Saturday.