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Canada to Expand Surveillance, Detention Powers After Shooting

HeadlineOct 24, 2014

Canada is vowing to fast-track the expansion of surveillance and detention powers for authorities after a shooting in the capital Ottawa. Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke before the House of Commons one day after a gunman killed a soldier and opened fire inside Parliament.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: “Last week our government proposed amendments to the legislation under which the Canadian intelligence — the Canadian Security Intelligence Service operates. And as you know, Mr. Speaker, in recent weeks I have been saying that our laws and police powers need to be strengthened in the area of surveillance, detention and arrest. They need to be much strengthened. And I assure you. Mr. Speaker, that work, which is already underway, will be expedited.”

The shooting suspect, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was shot dead inside Parliament by the sergeant-at-arms. Police say he was not on a watchlist of 90 high-risk travelers. He had applied for a passport and was being subjected to an “enhanced investigation” over his application, which police say may have “figured prominently” in his motive. Police are also investigating how he obtained a gun despite his criminal record. They say they have found no connection between Wednesday’s attack and a second one two days earlier where a man drove his car into two soldiers, killing one.

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