MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko – Parties’ position on the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act, which was introduced by the Conservative government in Canada and extends state agencies’ rights to collect private information for anti-terrorism purposes, is one of the key issues shaping voters’ preferences in the run-up to the federal elections, Adam Smith, Green Party candidate, told Sputnik.
“I feel Bill C-51 [Anti-Terrorism Act 2015] is having a lot of influence on the election… Any time there is a potential increase in the state's authority and ability to spy on its people, it must be taken extremely seriously,” Smith said.
Federal elections in Canada will take place on Monday. According to the current projections by CBC’s Poll Tracker, the Liberal Party is leading with some 35 percent of support, followed by the Conservatives and the New Democratic Party (NDP) with 30 and 24 percent correspondingly.
The Bloc Quebecois and the Green Party follow the frontrunners.