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I live tweeted today's committee study of Bill #C59. Policy nerds will love it, but if you want the abridged version of what amendments actually carried, here you go:
1. In section 13 of the Intelligence Commissioner Act: A provision was added to allow the IC to refer an authorization back to the Minister with proposed conditions. From what I understand, applies only in the case of CSE foreign intelligence authorizations. #C59
2a. Bill C-59 proposes to amend section 83.221 of the criminal code, replacing "advocacy and promotion of terrorism offences in general" with counselling another person to commit a terrorism offence #C59
2b. This new amendment adds a series of subclauses that specify, among other things, that a person is guilty of counselling even if no particular person is counselled, whether or not the person counselling knows the person being counselled, etc. ... #C59
2c. It is arguable whether this is needed. DoJ officials and others have stated that "counselling" does not rely on knowing the person who eventually commits a crime. We'll see if the amendment sticks. #C59
4. Review of provisions of C-59 will take place in 4 years, instead of 6 years. #C59
5a. The creation of a schedule of Deputy Heads of departments to whom directives regarding avoiding complicity in foreign mistreatment have been directed. This is in line with the new "Avoiding Complicity in Foreign Mistreatment Act". #C59
5b. As the mover Sen. Gold explained, this will create an easy to consult list of all deputy heads who have been given directions in avoiding complicity in torture and mistreatment. #C59
That's it for new amendments. To be adopted into law, they'll need to make it through 3rd reading in the Senate, and then accepted when the bill is sent back to the House of Commons. #C59
Final comment: Many of the concerns that @ICLMG and others brought up around publicly available information, CSIS threat reduction powers, the No Fly List, CSE cyber powers, etc. received honorable mentions during the committees "observations." #C59
These are non-binding comments passed on to the Senate and/or government. While it's appreciated that they were mentioned, there is little to no likelihood they will have impact on the actual bill. Perhaps they can be used when monitoring how the bill is implemented... #C59
...and during the review process. But it is unfortunate that these were not presented as amendments (even if the likelihood of adoption may have been low). #C59
Despite all this, I'm incredibly proud & humbled to be part of a community w/ groups like @NCCM, @CCLA, @CMLA, @NoFlyListKids, @Liguedesdroits, @citizenlab, @cippic, @bccla, @OpenMediaOrg & others who've diligently fought to protect civil liberties & human rights throughout #C59
Oops, @ccla should have been @cancivlib !
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