Citizen’s arrest bill gives more power to rent-a-cops, police warn

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Author: Jeff Davis

A Conservative bill aiming to clarify laws around citizen’s arrests will grant greater powers to private security agencies, something police and the Canadian Bar Association say will give poorly trained ‘rent-a-cops’ greater latitude to arrest Canadians.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May — the only MP to oppose the bill — said C-26 will encourage vigilantism and amounts to a “very big gift to the private security companies.”

“The constitution of this country is governed by the concept of peace, order and good government,” May said. “This stuff goes off in a wacky new direction, and it worries me.”

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