WASHINGTON, October 28 (RIA Novosti) – Canadian government has proposed a legislation that would enable its intelligence service to conduct terrorism investigations abroad, according to a news release on the Government of Canada website.
"The Government is introducing targeted and limited amendments to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Act to ensure that CSIS has the tools it needs to investigate threats to the security of Canada," the news release says.
The amendments are introduced in the wake of the raised terror threat in Canada.
The new provisions will allow CSIS to conduct investigations outside the country. Besides, its employees will have similar protections with those of informants to Canadian law enforcement agencies.
"We will continue to equip the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect Canadians with the tools they need to address terrorism in an increasingly dangerous global environment," Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney said.
Canada's government is aware of over 130 individuals "with Canadian connections" who were abroad and were suspected of being involved in terrorism-related activities, the release stated.
On October 22, a gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, shot dead a soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The shooter then proceeded to Parliament Hill's Center Block, where he was killed in a shootout with a policeman. Two days earlier in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec another radicalized Canadian Martin Rouleau hit two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one and injuring the other.