Muslim Council of Montreal thanks MPs for rejecting controversial Anti-Terrorism measures in House of Commons vote

March 3, 2007

Montreal, Quebec, Mar. 3rd, 2007- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) applauds the determination of MPs to defeat the renewal of two controversial measures of the Anti-Terrorism Act in a recent House of Commons vote.

“We especially would like to thank Mr. Dion and his Liberal MPs, as well as the Bloc and NDP, for voicing the concerns of the Canadian people and speaking out against the injustices of this Act,” said Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Measures such as arresting people without warrant and detaining them without charge attack the very freedom and security we are trying to defend, and they have no place in our justice system.”

MCM calls the vote a victory for justice and human rights in Canada, just as the recent ruling from the Supreme Court to strike the usage of security certificates was.

“National security is indeed an issue of vital concern for us all; however, the only way we can strengthen our security is by holding strong to the principles of our Charter and to the fundamental values of freedom and civil liberties. Introducing flawed laws that defy fundamental justice will not help fight terrorism. When we uphold laws that are just and fair with the proper checks and balances, then our national security and justice system are strengthened.”

The proposal to renew the measures of the Anti-Terrorism Act in place for an additional three years was voted down 159-124 in the House of Commons on Tuesday February 27th, 2007.

Salam Elmenyawi
Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM)
Ph.: (514) 748-8427
Fax: (514) 747-9139

The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) is an umbrella organization representing a number of Islamic institutions in the Montreal region. There are over 150,000 Muslims in Montreal, about 750,000 in Canada and 1.5 billion worldwide.