Security Bill C-51 (Anti-terrorism Act, 2015)

Ensure that Canadians are not limited from lawful protests and advocacy.

Liberal Platform Page 53 October 5, 2015
Jun 2019

An Act respecting national security matters

Parliament of Canada June 21, 2019

(4) Section 2 of the Act is renumbered as subsection 2(1) and is amended by adding the following: Exception (2) For the purposes of this Act, advocacy, protest, dissent or artistic expression is not an activity that undermines the security of Canada unless carried on in conjunction with an activity that undermines the security of Canada.

Bill C-59 received royal assent on June 21, 2019.

Jun 2017

Liberals to create 'super' national security watchdog as part of anti-terror law overhaul

CBC News June 20, 2017

The federal Liberal government is creating a new "super" civilian watchdog to review security and intelligence agencies across government and extending new powers to Canada's electronic spy agency.

The proposed changes were unveiled today as part of a massive legislative overhaul of Canada's anti-terrorism regime.

The new bill also checks off a number of election campaign promises to repeal what the platform called "problematic elements" of Bill C-51, including: Protecting the right to legitimate protest and advocacy.

Bill C-59 is currently in its first reading as of June 20, 2017.