Matt Gurney: Vic Toews is wrong. The Boston attacks say nothing about Canadian laws

Really? What a surprise… seems to be the answer by governments all over the world every single time when something happens……

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In an interview broadcast on CTV’s Question Periodlast weekend, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said that Canadian police forces were ready to respond to the kind of carnage that was seen in Boston last week. But he also said that the attacks on the Boston Marathon, which left three dead and almost 200 injured, demonstrated that Canada needs tougher anti-terrorism laws — laws which his government has put before Parliament.

The proposals may have merit. But based on what is known so far about the Boston attack, nothing that Canada’s parliamentarians are considering would have made the slightest difference. It’s hard to see how the Boston attack says anything about the state of Canada’s anti-terror laws, real and proposed, at all.

The proposed amendments to Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act are straightforward. If enacted, two measures that previously had been in force, but lapsed in 2007, would return: Suspects could…

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