By James Ferguson
March 10, 2015
Chief Brian Francis says the new anti-terrorism bill is going to ruin even more rights for the Aboriginals and First Nations.
The chief of Abegweit First Nations said Bill C-51 is sounding more and more like a discrimination act.
“If someone reads through the whole document, you can see there can be confusion for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and First Nations having a protest”.
The bill would give law enforcement the power to disrupt potential terrorist plots and detain suspects who might carry out (rather than will carry out) terrorist activity.
Even though Canadians support the efforts to combat terrorism, many are concerned about how the government could exploit the legislation’s wording to propel their own political agendas.
One of those people includes Malpeque MP, Wayne Easter.
Easter said when a government asks its citizens to give up even a small portion of their liberty, it is the government’s responsibility to guarantee that its new powers will not be abused.
“It is not enough for the government to simply say ‘trust us.’ That trust must be earned, it must be checked and it must be renewed.”