Protesters demand repeal of controversial anti-terrorism act
About 40 protesters gathered at the constituency office of London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos demanding the repeal of Bill C-51 on Saturday, January 23, 2016. (Gerry Dewan / CTV London)
While the Conservative government is gone from power, one of its most controversial legacies remains.
Now protesters against Bill C-51, also known as the anti-terrorism act, are turning their attention to the Liberal government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
A National Day of Action against the act was was held Saturday across the country and included a local protest.
About 40 protesters were at the constituency office of Liberal MP Peter Fagiskatos Saturday afternoon.
They felt the act is over-reaching in its scope and infringes upon civil liberties.
While the Liberals have said they would review and modify it protestors want it repealed.
“It's basically there, you know, left by the Harper Government as a fear-mongering tool, which is so unfortunate. So repealing this bill completely would show that Canada is open-minded and accepted and welcoming. And Canada does not give in to fear-mongering,” said protester Leila Almawy.
The bill implemented a number of changes, including making promoting terrorism a jail offence, allowing for arrestes without a warrant and it broadens the power of security agenices ot collect and share information.
"The former government never made a case for actually needing increased secret police powers. They never made a case for needing a no-fly list without a real appeal process, said David Heap of the Council of Canadians-London.
"They never made a case for why they need to snoop on people's and, you know, your Facebook and social media postings. They never made a case for why - just talking about a point of view can make you guilty of somehow propagating terrorism."