TORONTO (Mar. 2)
The Canadian House of Commons has passed a temporary but tough new measure aimed at preventing the entry of terrorists into Canada this year. The Temporary Immigration Security Act was adopted at the urging of Immigration Minister Robert Andres who warned that “time is of the essence” and “we need this and we need it now.”
The law will permit Canadian officials to bar admission to any visitors “likely to engage in acts of violence that would or might endanger the lives or safety of persons in Canada.” The measure will expire Dec. 31 but it will be in force during the Olympic games in Montreal this summer and the United Nations Habital Conference in Vancouver in June. The Palestine Liberation Organization has been invited by the UN to attend the Habitat Conference and the Vancouver City Council has already expressed concern over security precautions.