Canada will strengthen its antiterror measures

Published June 17, 2006

TORONTO - Canada unveiled on Friday antiterrorism measures aimed at bolstering security at the country's airports, railway systems and marine ports in the next few months.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government also would spend more than $224-million to beef up the country's ability to detect potential terrorist attacks.

Some in Washington have criticized Canada's immigration laws as too lax and have long called on their neighbor to tighten regulations at airports, border crossings and ports. That criticism has been heightened with the arrest on June 2 of 17 people in the Toronto area charged with plotting bomb attacks.

The new antiterrorism measures include more thorough screening of passenger luggage and more resources for scanning passports. Security at ports also will be increased, including more thorough background checks for port workers, Harper said.

He said his government would review its antiterrorism legislation and look at options to improve security along the 4,000-mile border with the United States. Canada may also require air marshals on selected flights, much like the United States did in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.