Targeting terrorists – Proposed legislation

Canada’s spy agency could challenge a charity’s legitimacy in closed court if it believed the charity was funding terrorist activities, The Toronto Star reported March 15.

A proposed bill, an amendment to the Income Tax Act, would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service powers like those it now has to identify individuals as terrorists or a threat to national security before a federal judge, with no public scrutiny, the Star said.

Critics say the bill would hurt individual legal rights and could fall prey to cultural bias and political abuse.

Ethnic groups also fear the legislation unfairly targets them, the Star said.

But Monte Solberg, an Alliance member of Parliament, says secret proceedings may be needed to identify backers of militant causes in Canada.

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