Thank you for your question.
I agree with Ms. Des Rosiers.
I don't like prognosticating forward or backward. But if I can use one example, you've been told by the minister and security agencies, such as the RCMP, that they need these new powers. They have a lot of powers, and they're not using those very well.
Let's look back 25 years. The real, significant terrorist attack Canadians suffered--and as an Indo-Canadian, I can tell you, that was not acknowledged for ten years as a Canadian tragedy, which, as an Indo-Canadian, I find a bit insulting--was the Air India terrorist attack. Let's pretend that we can go back in time and give CSIS and the RCMP these powers. Would that have saved those Canadians and others? I don't think so. Let's look at what Justice Major, in his findings, said. I'll just give you a couple of little snippets that caught my eye. He said that CSIS surveillance was ineffective, that “Surveillants were unable to distinguish one traditionally attired Sikh from another.”