Elizabeth May issues statement: Anti-Terrorism Act must be rejected

OTTAWA – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands, is the only Party leader forthright enough to agree with the Globe and Mail editorial published today, which demands the rejection of the new Anti-Terrorism Act proposed by the Harper Conservatives:

“I completely agree with the editorial in the Globe and Mail today that Parliament must reject this bill. In the House of Commons today, I urged all MPs to read the editorial and not allow the Conservatives to turn CSIS into a secret police force.

“The words found under the definition of ‘activities,’ which affect the ‘security of Canadians,’ are so broad that the definition can apply to almost any activity, including nonviolent civil disobedience. This bill could now treat peaceful protesters as potential terrorists.

“Is Stephen Harper using the imagined fear of widespread security threats to score political points before the next election?”