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Canada provides details of no-fly list 

[PoliticsWatch updated 6:00 p.m. October 27, 2006]

OTTAWA  —  The federal government announced Friday proposed regulations to create a domestic no-fly list to prevent those who pose a risk to aviation safety from boarding planes.  
  
“Recent events such as the alleged terror plot in the United Kingdom highlight the importance of a program like Passenger Protect,” Public Security Minister Stockwell Day said in a statement. 

“We must remember that Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism and we must remain vigilant.”

Transport Canada will create an advisory group that will assess individuals on a case-by-case basis. 

The information for the assessments will be provided by CSIS and the RCMP. The final decision on whose name will appear on the list will be left to the transport minister. 

According to Transport Canada, the criteria for who is included on the no-fly list will include

> individuals who are or have been involved in a terrorist group, and who, it can reasonably be suspected, will endanger the security of any aircraft 

>  individuals who have been convicted of one or more serious and life-threatening crimes against aviation security; 

> and individuals who have been convicted of one or more serious and life-threatening offences and who may attack or harm an air carrier, passengers or crew members. 

A senior Transport Canada official told reporters at a technical briefing Friday that the list will only focus on those who are threat to aviation safety and not other criminals.  

"The fact that I have a criminal record maybe as a bank robber does not make me a threat to civil aviation," the official said. "It is not a broad list. The criteria are very focused on aviation security." 

Canada currently does not have a no-fly list. 

But currently, Canadian airlines that fly into the U.S. must screen their passengers against the U.S. no-fly list. 

It is anticipated that the new Canadian program will be in place for Canadian domestic flights in early 2007. The second phase of the program will extend to international flights to and from Canada and is anticipated to be in place later in 2007, according to Transport Canada. 

The U.S. currently uses an ultra-secret no-fly list, which even members of Congress cannot access. The criteria for the list are not known. 

The CBS program 60 Minutes recently obtained a copy of the list and discovered that it consists of 40,000 names, including currently jailed former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and 14 of the 19 deceased 9/11 hijackers. 

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