Liberal security bill clears key hurdle over objections from many opposition MPs


OTTAWA — The Liberal government’s sweeping national security bill has cleared a key legislative hurdle despite the concerns of the two main opposition parties.

MPs voted 168 to 125 today to approve the bill in principle and adopt changes made during an early committee review.

The bill fleshes out Liberal campaign promises to soften contentious anti-terrorism measures brought in by the Harper government after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in October 2014.

However, the Conservatives say the Liberal bill is not tough enough, while New Democrats argue it impinges on civil liberties.

The bill would limit — but not eliminate — powers that allow Canada’s spy agency to actively disrupt terror plots.

It also opens the door to new paths for security services in data-crunching and cyberwarfare, and bolsters accountability and review through creation of a super-watchdog.

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