Bill C51 is barely a month old and is already facing its first Charter challenge.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the organization Canadian Journalists for Free Expression filed an application in Ontario’s Superior Court today, July 21, to challenge the constitutionality of the legislation, officially called the Antiterrorism Act of 2015.
An anonymously uploaded YouTube video seemingly shot during Saturday’s “Stop C-51” Rally on Parliament Hill depicts an RCMP officer telling protesters that, as a result of the coming anti-terrorism bill, he “could be branded a terrorist…whenever you’re attacking the Canadian economy.”
The officer, whose identity is unknown at this point and whose badge number is not visible in the footage, goes on to answer that “when the demo’s down, you become citizens again,” to the question “are we considered differently when we are demonstrating?”
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