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SECOND READING SPEECH ON BILL C-59 (AN ACT RESPECTING NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS)

Bill C-59: An Act Respecting National Security Matters 

Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition):

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak on Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters. Bill C-59 is divided into nine parts and does many things. I would like to focus on just one element in this legislation, which has understandably received considerable attention from the public, particularly from exasperated parents whose innocent children have been wrongly affected due to having the same name as those on the “no-fly list.” I’ve met with these parent advocates and spoken to them by phone. In support of their tireless effort, I do support the adoption of certain parts of this bill and hope that some of the problematic parts will be further examined at committee. Therefore, I will focus on Part 6 of the bill, which amends the Secure Air Travel Act, or SATA, to allow the Minister of Public Safety to inform parents that their child is not on the list.

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