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Canadian lawmakers are expected to pass a law that will grant new powers to the country’s spy agency. Canadian citizens and civil rights groups are criticizing the move.
Lawmakers are expected to pass the anti-terror statute on Wednesday. It'll be the biggest overhaul of Canada's anti-terrorism legislation since 2001. The act would make it easier for police to arrest and detain individuals without charge. It would also expand the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's mandate from intelligence-gathering to actively thwarting alleged terror plots. The spy agency would also be allowed to work outside of Canada for the first time. Criticism of anti-terror bill C-51 has united a diverse array of prominent opponents. They're saying the bill would lead to a police state. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have signed petitions urging the bill to be scrapped. They also took to the streets in a national day of protest last month.