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  1. Introduction
  2. Initial inquiry on the government of Canada website
    1. Royal assent of bill c-36, the anti terrorism act
    2. Public views on the anti-terrorism ac
  3. The justice department
    1. Bill c-36's assessment in five major areas
  4. The quicklaw
  5. Purdy, Margaret Canada's counterterrorism policy
  6. Bahdi, Reem Constructing non-citizens: The living law of ant-terrorism in Canada
  7. The public opinion
  8. Conclusion

In the wake of the 9/1 terrorist attacks, anti-terrorism legislation has proven to have far reaching implications for the way the western world has come to understand the relationship between society and the law. Indeed, as the focal point of this course, the relationship between society and the law has come to be understood as one of many tensions and contradictions. What has become clear thus far is the notion that the relationship between the two is one of adaptability and fluid change, where as one evolves the need for change in the other becomes evident. In this context, the antiterrorism laws that have been enacted in this country since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have in theory been implemented in response to the changing needs of our society. Certainly, the adoption of Bill C-36 was a reaction by the federal government to the realities of security and terrorism in this country. This being said, there are many issues and themes that can be addressed in a discourse of anti-terrorism legislation.

Accordingly, in this research assignment I intend to look more closely at the effects that this Bill C-36, in addition to other Canadian anti-terrorism initiatives, have had on border and national security issues. This is clearly important because in examining the literature on the topic, it can be said that Canada has adopted an approach of dealing with security issues that is more for show than anything else.

[...] Public Opinion The final category I examined in researching the issue of Bill C-36 and Border Security was public opinion. My decision to examine this category stems from the fact there has been a great deal of media attention on the subject and accordingly I wanted to see what the average Canadian thought of the situation. I began by trying a Google search of (public opinion AND Bill C-36) just to see what turned up. In doing so, I was surprised to find a whole host of chat forums and blogs discussing the issue. [...]


[...] Inevitably, it would seem the Canadian government has committed itself financially to combating terrorism and securing our border as a consequence to the ratification of Bill C-36. As much of the useful information I found through doing a database search linked to the department of justice website, I decided to shift the focus of my database search to examine exclusively those hits that were found in the Department of Justice's database. Search of Legal Literature Justice Department Found under the URL: www.justice.gc.ca, the departments search database has an interesting feature that allows you to search under ?statutes and regulations?. [...]


[...] Part II In reconciliation of the above essay prospectus, I believe a number of conclusions may be drawn from our investigation of Bill C-36 and Border Security in Canada: 1. Certainly, the Canadian government has gone to great lengths to convince us that the threat of terrorism is very real and that we need heightened security measures almost a decade after the most recent continental attack. In this way, it appears that civil liberties and the rights of the individual are becoming second seat to interests of national security and preventative measures In a judicial context, Bill C-36 and added measures of immigration and border security have been a nightmare for our court systems who are already over exerted and understaffed to accommodate the drastic influx of Charter cases. [...]

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