As many people already know, Justice Douglas Rutherford of Ontario Superior Court has ruled that a section of Canada’s anti-terrorism legislation that seeks to define “terrorism” violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The ruling was in the case of Mohammad Momin Khawaja, who was arrested in 2004 in connection with an alleged terrorist plot in the United Kingdom.
The part of the law that was struck down deals with the motivational dimension of the definition of terrorism under the legislation. The part that was declared unconstitutional stated that a terrorist act was one carried out or planned out . . . [more]