Mr. Chair, I was hoping that we could come to some sort of agreement on how we would proceed with Bill C-51 in committee. Obviously, the government believes that this is a bill that is critical to national security. I think Canadians would also agree with that statement.
We have seen a terrorist entity, ISIL, move across the region with the goal to either convert or kill anyone who disagrees with the way they think. We have seen beheadings of Coptic Christians. There was a report this morning, I believe, that 220 more have been kidnapped. We have seen hostages being burned alive. It is the reason why we're in the coalition: to conduct air strikes.
More importantly, Bill C-51 speaks to the real threat we have here in Canada with regard to terrorism. ISIL, as you know, Mr. Chair, has put Canada on a list of countries they wish to target. They have called on jihadist attacks to occur on Canadian soil against Canadians. We have seen a number of terrorist attacks around the world in recent weeks and months: in Copenhagen, in Paris of course, in Australia, and here in Canada on October 22, and I think everyone in the room today can remember that day very clearly.
Just yesterday, Mr. Chair, CBC broke the story of a young woman who was radicalized, has left the country and has gone to fight with ISIL. I did a panel last night, actually. It is important that Canadians recognize the fact that terrorism is not gender specific. Again, there's another story that has broken saying that three individuals—I believe it's two women and one man from Quebec—have also left this country to join ISIL.
This is a very serious problem we have, if you can imagine for a moment these individuals boarding planes, going over to join a terrorist organization, becoming fully trained, and then coming back to Canada.
The legislation before us has five different parts to it. Each part deals specifically with areas that would improve the ability of our national security forces to take on better protection of our citizens and to protect our national security. As you know, there has been much talk about these sections.
Part 1 of the new bill has to do with information sharing. When we talk about this, I think most Canadians would expect that when one branch of the government has information pertinent to national security—information that could stop an attack happening here in Canada, information that would prevent someone from travelling overseas and coming back as a terrorist fully trained to operate here in Canada—information sharing would happen. I think they would also think it already is happening. That's simply not the case.