OTTAWA, June 9, 2015 — Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement after the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, was passed by the Senate.
“I am pleased to announce that the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, was adopted at Third Reading and passed by the Senate today. This legislation demonstrates our government’s leadership in the global fight against terrorism,” said Minister Blaney. “The first duty of any Government is to keep its citizens safe. That is why our Government introduced the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, to better protect Canadians against terrorist threats by giving our police forces the tools they need to keep Canadians safe.”
The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, will criminalize the advocacy and promotion of the commission of terrorism offences; help prevent terrorists from travelling and recruiting others; and provide our police forces with the additional tools they need to prevent, detect, deny and respond to the threat of terrorism.
The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, is now awaiting Royal Assent.
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