January 29 marks the first anniversary of the mass murder of six Muslim worshippers in Quebec City. As the date approaches, Justin Trudeau's government continues to unfairly target Muslims.
The Trudeau government will set up a parliamentary committee to oversee all security and intelligence activities. But that will be just the beginning of fixing what is wrong with C-51.
Immediately after the Brussels attacks, a Waterloo engineering student was arrested by the RCMP. It's not the first time the security establishment has taken advantage of a climate of fear.
Instead of questioning the mandates and core practices of secretive, unaccountable security agencies, efforts are underway to save the system by putting up some nice-looking window dressing.
Late Tuesday afternoon, by a vote of 44 to 28, the Senate approved the government's overkill anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, without amendment. What more is there to say or do at such a moment?
The government needed just three hearings on C-51 to decide what changes to the bill it could accept for the sake of appearing to respect the democratic process while getting tough on terrorism.
Like university students cramming for an exam, Thursday night the parliamentary public security committee finished the last of nine hearings into the government's anti-terrorism bill.
The Charlottetown Guardian reports the RCMP has arrested a Prince Edward Island man they suspect might carry out a terrorist offence. It's somewhat awkward for the government.
The government has stacked the public safety committee's schedule this week, hoping to get through all remaining witnesses and approve Bill C-51 before Easter. Meetings resumed Monday night.
When it comes to "anti-terrorism," government and state security agency behaviour is dominated by throwbacks to the Cold War, with Harper serving as Canada's self-appointed avenging angel.