New Canada security bill to make it illegal to call for attacks

Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:00pm EST
 
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RICHMOND HILL, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada's sweeping new anti-terror legislation would make it a crime for anyone to call for attacks on Canada and gives a much larger role to the government's main spy agency.

The bill introduced by the Conservative government on Friday would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) the ability to disrupt planned attacks, by interfering with travel plans or with communications, for example. In the past, CSIS has been limited mainly to the collection of intelligence.

The bill, whose passage is assured because the Conservatives have majority in Parliament, would also make it easier for police to make preventive arrests.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer in Ottawa and Andrea Hopkins in Richmond Hill; Editing by Peter Galloway)