Senate talks tough on terror
The federal government should outlaw membership in a terrorist group, bar radicals from Canada and look at forbidding the glorification of extremists to protect the Canadian way of life, says a Senate committee.
The Senate security and defence committee also recommends creation of a “wanted terrorist” list and urges the gov- ernment to explore options for training and certification of imams in Canada.
In addition, it calls on the government to work with Muslim communities to create “an effective counter-narrative” to denounce the ideology of Islamist fundamentalism.
These are among 25 recommendations in the committee’s interim report flowing from nine months of hearings on security threats facing Canada.
The report examines terrorist recruitment, operations, financing, prosecutions and other aspects of what it calls the genuine threat of violent extremism.
Canadians must tackle the issue in a thoughtful, balanced way without undermining the values “that make us great,” the report says.
“We must find every resource, tool and technique available to us as a civilized society to diminish and defeat a most uncivilized force,” it says.