Citing war on terror, Tories propose sweeping new powers for spies, police

People who call for terrorism attacks, even if they don’t counsel a specific act, could face up to five years in prison under new legislation the federal government wants to pass into law.

For instance, an individual in Canada who posts a video online that includes the phrase “Attack Canada” could be charged with advocating or promoting “terrorism offences in general.”

Individuals could be also charged even if they’re making general references to terror attacks in other countries.

The proposed new charge is part of a series of anti-terror measures the Harper government introduced Friday in a bill it says is necessary to protect Canadians in the wake of deadly attacks on soldiers last October that also led to a gunman storming Parliament.

Nuke the Kaaba!

Oh well, we know who’s gonna be charged.

  • FactsWillOut

    So, Muslim attacks used as a pretext for implementing a police state.
    I’ve been saying this for some time.

    • Ho Hum

      This was predicable. Last week Harpers public safety minister in an interview with the CBC said :

      “remember the Holocaust didn’t begin with gas chambers …it began with words”.

      They want to criminalize our words and our thoughts. Harper is a fascist who does not believe in free speech or the privacy rights of Canadians.

  • FactsWillOut

    “Anyone who gets his or her news outside of the enemedia and the alphabets (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC) will be disarmed by the Democrat thought police.

    This is serious. The era of the totalitarians is upon us — with a smiley, winking emoticon of course.-“

    • Yes it is.

    • WalterBannon

      The progressive conservatives and their new laws are just another attack on everyday Canadians, and this law will be used against them in the same way as the “human rights” kangaroo courts.

      If Harper was serious about combating ISLAMIC TERROR he would:


      2. BAN ISLAM



      • Xavier

        5. NUKE THE KAABA!

  • Barrington Minge

    Puts it all in context. Yer mooslims worship a block of stone… thick-butts

  • Xavier

    “Nuke the Kabaa!”

    I’m rather looking forward to seeing BCF get moderated for that. 😉

    • whitecollarredneck

      Nuke the Kabaa/Rock the Casbah – c’mon Weird Al, get on it

    • I bet I get charged.

  • WalterBannon

    What if I post a video online that includes the phrase “Attack, Canada”

  • Pathetic. Absolutely Pathetic.

  • ntt1

    This will get perverted into shutting down those taking issue with islam eventually

    • Frau Katze

      Maybe it won’t take long. He sounds scared.

      “Over the last few years a great evil has been descending over our world,” said the Prime Minister, who announced the legislation in a campaign-style event in the Greater Toronto Area. “Jihadi terrorism is one of the most dangerous enemies our world has ever faced.”

      Mr. Harper rejected a reporter’s question about whether this might conflict with civil liberties, saying it’s his rivals who worry about that.

      Islam’s great contribution to the world.

    • Ho Hum

      I am afraid that this is exactly what will happen. Sites like BCF will be branded “anti-Islamic” “hate sites” run by “extremists”. The new law gives the government the power to order internet providers to block access to “extremist web sites”. They could shut BCF down! I could easily see Harper taking action against what he will call “Islamophic extremists” in the interest of “fairness”.

      I wonder how many people who support Harper realize how bad this is? I suspect most don’t and they view those of us who are critical as “lefties” who are “soft on terrorism”. Sadly most voters don’t pay attention to what is really going on in this country.

    • Always.

  • Alain

    There is no justification for new laws, since inciting harm/violence was already illegal and that is exactly what promoting and/or supporting terrorism is. Apply the bloody existing laws for once instead of this crap. If some judicial activist claims it is “unconstitutional” then invoke the not withstanding clause.

  • john s

    Well, there goes my vote.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    What I find fascinating about this legislation is that at the same time the Tory party still claims to be a party for personal freedom and personal liberties when this legislation clearly proves they are fake libertarians. Real libertarians may as well go to the Libertarian party right now and just abandon the police state Tory party. They have proven where they truly stand and I would like one person to answer this, which is after 14 years I cannot understand what the West has done other than creating laws to add more police measures and keep us in a state of fear. All this does is cause the major parties to stay in office and do pretend measures to be pigs at the trough. Ya what has really been done after 14 years?!

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Here is the honest truth. Harper is only worrying about the election next year. That is the only thing on his mind. The fact is those critical of our economic model meaning global capitalism and people wanting to have nationalist parties are the ones that deserve more voices. I have yet to see positive legislation from the Harper Tories. They are only about fear, divisions and getting soft votes. I would like democracy to be extended but Harper is only about protecting the oligarchic electoral model meaning having only 3 parties with the Greens and the Bloc there with 1 to 2 seats for each party. The fact is our democracy is an oligarchy as it doesn’t give people free and fair elections. They couldn’t be more unfair. It just protects the political class. The fact is our democracy is so similar to the US’s democracy it is identical in almost every way.

    • Ho Hum

      We desperately need to form a new political party in this country – one that is devoted to free speech – one that would do away with our “hate speech” laws – one that would reform immigration and combat the rise of Islamism in Canada. I would call it the “Freedom Party of Canada”.