Why did Liberals oppose the Anti-terrorism Act?
February 15 to 27, 2007 – The government lost their motion to extend measures of the Anti-Terrorism Act due to a sudden and unexplained change in the Liberal position.
There was speculation that Stéphane Dion’s sudden policy change was influenced by indo-Canadians in the Liberal Party led by Navdeep Bains, who delivered some 250 delegates to Dion at a crucial point in the 2006 Liberal leadership race.
Having won a Supreme Court challenge in 2003, the RCMP was proceeding with investigations into the Air India attack using the now expired “Investigative Hearings” provision of the Act.
In the House of Commons, the Liberals prevented Harper from reading a Vancouver Sun article reporting that Bains’ father-in-law is on a list of people the RCMP would like to question using the now expired “Investigative Hearings” provision.
Despite whipping the vote, 14 Liberal MPs did not vote along party lines. One Liberal MP broke ranks and voted with the government, one abstained, and twelve were absent from the House during the vote.