Le projet de loi antiterroriste canadien : une sélection sécuritaire

Dominique-Legault, Pascal
October 2013
Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology & Criminology;Fall2013, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p73
Academic Journal
The way in which terrorism is defined as a public problem determines how solutions are designed to address this problem. Thus, the perception that security measures are adequate, necessary, effective, proportional or how they are perceived unfair or unbalanced, is largely dependent on a definitional process. In this paper, we identify how Canadian parliamentarians have defined the problem of terrorism in the context of the discussions on the proposed Canadian Anti-Terrorism Bill, which took place from October 15th, 2001 to December 18th, 2001. Furthermore, we examine the impact that these different discursive constructions had on the solutions proposed by parliamentarians, and on the solutions that are reflected in the proposed measures and the Bill. Therefore, this article discusses the selection process that took place in the creation of Bill C-36, and thus discusses the overall security strategy that has been prioritized in it. We describe the particular form of this selection by placing it within the proposed alternatives that were rejected, with the aim of better understanding the choices made in the creation of Bill C- 36 and their implications. We will conclude with a discussion on the effects of power of the discourses that were chosen and instituted in the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Bill.


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