The Conservative government is planning to give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service more authority to track terrorists overseas.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney made the announcement Thursday at a news conference in Alberta, telling reporters that the 30-year-old legislation governing CSIS needs an update in the wake of new terror threats at home and abroad.
“Events in recent months in Iraq and Syria have shown us that we cannot be complacent in the face of terrorism,” Blaney said. “In particular, we are firmly committed to take strong action to address the threat of individuals who become radicalized to violence and the growing problem of extremist travellers.”
The bill, expected to be tabled next week, will clarify CSIS’s ability to act on terror threats abroad. Blaney also said the government wants to make sure that Canada’s spy agency can protect the identity of its sources when it comes to terror investigations.