MPs stood in solidarity with one another, and with the British people, after another terrorist outrage in London.
Yet, even as Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer were united in their condolences in the House of Commons, clear differences in the way Liberals and Conservatives would protect Canadians were on show in a nearby Senate committee room, where Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was defending the government’s national security legislation.
Goodale was speaking about Bill C-22, which will create a parliamentary committee to oversee Canada’s national security operations. The bill has already made its way through the House but could yet face opposition in the Senate.
However, as Goodale made clear, the new committee is not the only measure the Liberals plan to introduce to amend “problematic elements” of the Conservatives’ Anti-Terrorism Act, the former Bill C-51.
The Trudeau government undertook months of national security consultations, receiving 58,000 responses. Legislation is expected before Parliament breaks for the summer, and it is likely to propose the repeal of measures in the Anti-Terrorism Act that security agencies claim have worked to avert more terror incidents in this country.