Bill C-51, known as the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, has been a source of controversy since it was introduced in Parliament on January 30. For its proponents, it provides Canada's police and security agencies with the tools needed to protect Canadians. For its critics, it raises concerns about civil liberties and public oversight of security services.
Two leading experts will sort through these arguments, offering their analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of C-51 in a panel discussion moderated by a veteran journalist.
WHAT: Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act (Bill C-51) panel discussion
WHEN: Thursday, March 12,from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Social Sciences Building (FSS), Room 4007 (120 University | map)
Craig Forcese, associate professor at the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa. He teaches public international law, national security law, administrative law and public law/legislation. Much of his current research and writing relates to national security, human rights and democratic accountability. He has co-authored an analysis of Bill C-51.
Ray Boisvert, president of I-Sec Integrated Strategies (ISECIS). Previously, he was assistant director-intelligence for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Other CSIS roles included director general (DG) of the principal counter-terrorism program and lead DG for all operations support activities, including operational security, special operations and risk management.
The event will be moderated by Don Newman, principal strategic counsel at Temple Scott Associates, chair of the advisory board of Canada 2020, and former senior parliamentary editor for CBC Television.
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