“Harper proposes travel ban to ‘places that are ground zero for terrorist activity,’” The Canadian Press, August 9, 2015:
OTTAWA – With the shadow of the Mike Duffy trial looming larger than ever, Stephen Harper is kicking off Week 2 of the federal election campaign with a headline-grabbing effort to crack down on homegrown terror threats.
Harper, keen to show off his bona fides as the experienced incumbent, promised to make it a crime for Canadians to travel to specific countries or regions where they could fight alongside groups officially identified by the federal government as terrorist organizations.
He says a re-elected Conservative government would establish “declared areas” – regions of the world where terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant hold control and use their base to recruit and train followers.
Harper defined these areas as “the most dangerous places on earth where government is non-existent and violence is widespread and brutal.”
“There are very few legitimate reasons to go to places like these, and those who go without such legitimate reasons will face the full force of the law,” Harper declared….