- OTTAWA - Opposition parties
say the new anti-terror legislation goes too far and doesn't respect individual
- 'The civil servants will have all the power. This is
unacceptable.' The Progressive Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois
both say the second round of anti-terror measures introduced on Thursday
follows a dangerous trend, and does not strike a balance between security
and civil rights.
- The new Public Safety Act was created to give cabinet
ministers the ability to make immediate changes to regulations governing
transportation, health, immigration and the environment, without consulting
- Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe says
neither ministers nor their departments should have that much power. "[The
minister] has all the power and, in fact, the civil servants, the deputy
minister will have all the power. This is unacceptable."
- Conservative leader Joe Clark is concerned about the
lack of oversight in the new measures.
- "We cannot allow the government to gather more and
more power over the ordinary lives of ordinary people without any control
on the way the government exercises that power," said Clark.
- Transport Minister David Collenette defended the new
bill and said the changes will promote public safety. "In a situation
of urgency and difficulty like September 11, Canadians want to know that
their government can act."
- He says Canadians should have faith in their government
and expect more action to come.
- Written by CBC News Online staff http://cbc.ca/cgi-bin/view?/news/2001/11/23/transpo_reax011123