Canadian bill to permit detention without trial passes second reading
September 30, 2010 9:22 AM Subscribe
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The Combating Terrorism Act (C-17)
has passed second reading in Canada's House of Commons with the support of both Liberals and Conservatives
. The bill would allow terrorism suspects to be jailed without trial for up to 12 months. So far it has been completely ignored by Canada's mainstream media.
For those unfamiliar with Canada's legislative process, here's an explanation from Wikipedia
. The bill still has to go through review by the Public Safety and National Security Committee, a third reading in the House of Commons, and readings by the Senate (which is usually a rubber-stamp process). So it's got a little ways to go before it becomes law. What's notable here is that the Liberals are supporting the bill; by contrast, the most controversial provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act
(originally passed after 9/11) expired in 2007 when the Liberals sided with the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois and voted not to renew them.