NCCM Says Bill C-59 Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect Civil Liberties of Canadians

NCCM representatives to appear at Senate hearing on Bill C-59 today

(Ottawa – May 6, 2019) Following many years of sustained advocacy on national security files affecting Canadian Muslims, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) will present at the Senate hearing on Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters.

Bill C-59 was tabled by the Liberal government to make critical improvements to existing national security laws enacted by the previous Conservative government (namely, Bill C-51).

As Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director of the NCCM noted, “There are positive developments in C-59, including increased oversight measures and changes to the No Fly List. However, we continue to have concerns around the powers of national security agencies and a lack of consultation on the specific substantive changes put forward in Bill C-59.”

The NCCM also appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) regarding Bill C-59 in December 2017.

The NCCM is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization that is a leading voice for Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.

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