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Statement by Toews

Mr. Toews reminded Canadians that the federal government recently passed legislation that grants police extra powers in the fight against terrorism – but come at a controversial cost to civil liberties in Canada.

S-7, the Combatting Terrorism Act, resurrected two anti-terrorism powers that Parliament granted to Canadian authorities after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but expired in 2007. Neither measure had ever been used.

The law allows police to detain people pre-emptively and hold them for as long as three days without charges and would give authorities power to compel testimony through so-called investigative hearings at which people are brought before judges to answer questions.