Thousands of Canadians turned out in dozens of cities on Saturday to protest the federal government’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51. If passed, the law would allow government agencies to share information more easily. It would also add a new Criminal Code offence for “knowingly advocating or promoting the commission of terrorism,” along with a number of other amendments to current laws.
Despite the damp and gloomy day, turnout was high at the Toronto protest dubbed “Defend our Freedom.” We asked demonstrators why they’re against Bill C-51. Here are a few of their answers: