The Government of Canada Introduces Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act

First, the Government is introducing targeted and limited amendments to the CSIS Act to ensure that CSIS has the tools it needs to investigate threats to the security of Canada. The amendments proposed will:

  • Confirm CSIS’s authority to conduct investigations outside of Canada;
  • Confirm that the Federal Court can issue warrants for CSIS to investigate threats to our national security outside of Canada;
  • Give the Federal Court authority to operate within the scope of relevant Canadian law when issuing warrants to authorize CSIS to undertake certain activities to investigate a threat to the security of Canada outside of Canada;
  • Protect the identity of CSIS human sources from disclosure, similar to protections afforded to informants to Canadian law enforcement agencies; and
  • Protect the identity of CSIS employees who may engage in covert activities in the future.

Second, the Government will introduce technical amendments to the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act to allow the Government to seek earlier implementation of the citizenship revocation provisions that received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014. These provisions will enable the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens who are convicted of terrorism, high treason, and treason or spying offences, depending on the sentence received. This action will reinforce the high value of citizenship, and ensure that dual citizens who have been convicted of terrorist acts do not continue to benefit from Canadian citizenship.

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