Huffington Post: Trudeau On Bill C-51 Stance: ‘Perhaps It Was Naive’
No Kidding! So, what are you going to do about it now?- call him to change his tune at KillC51.ca Article by Althia Raj for the Huffington Post TORONTO — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau acknowledged Thursday that his position on the Conservative’s anti-terrorism Bill C-51 may have been “naive.”
The Liberals supported the legislation in Parliament but have pledged to scrap controversial portions of it, if elected government come October. Speaking at the Macleans’ leaders debate Thursday, Trudeau said his stance on Bill C-51 was balanced.
“Perhaps it was naive, perhaps [it] was something that I put forward and said, 'you know what, we can take a responsible position at a time of politics of attack and division',” Trudeau said.
“Mr. Harper wants everyone to be scared, and that there are terrorists hiding behind every leaf and rock. Mr. Mulcair wants us to be scared for our Charter and our basic rights and freedoms. The fact is any Canadian government needs to do them both together and that is what the Liberal party has demonstrated in the years following 9/11 and that is what we continue to demonstrate in terms of getting that balance right.”
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