Conservatives studying anti-terrorism bill reject opposition changes

The Conservatives have used their majority on the House of Commons public safety committee to vote down the first wave of opposition amendments to the federal anti-terrorism bill.

OTTAWA — The Conservatives have used their majority on the House of Commons public safety committee to vote down the first wave of opposition amendments to the federal anti-terrorism bill.

As clause-by-clause consideration got under way today, opposition MPs from four parties put forward suggested changes to the 62-page security bill.

Among the rejected amendments were a built-in expiry clause for new provisions and a requirement that the privacy commissioner report annually to the public safety minister on expanded information-sharing powers.

The government bill would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service more power to thwart suspected terrorist plots — not just gather information about them.

It would also increase the exchange of federal security information, broaden no-fly list powers and create a new criminal offence of encouraging someone to carry out a terrorism attack.

In addition, the bill would make it easier for the RCMP to obtain a peace bond to restrict the movements of suspects and extend the amount of time they can be kept in preventative detention.