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How Will The Canadian Government Know Who’s Travelling Abroad For Terrorism?

Are you one of the bad guys or are you fighting the bad guys?

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has proposed a ban on travel to parts of the world controlled by terrorist groups.

Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press

These "declared areas" will be regions within foreign countries where listed terrorist entities are "engaged in hostile activities, and are recruiting and training followers," according to the Conservative Party's website.

"A re-elected Conservative government will designate travel to places that are ground zero for terrorist activity a criminal offence," Harper said at a campaign event in Ottawa on Sunday.

The proposal is already being challenged.

Constitutional experts warn that banning travel to certain areas may violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms' guarantee of mobility rights. Section 6 of the Charter says: "Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada."

I've been to Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey. There are terrorists active in all those countries. Would I be arrested under this new law?

The terrorists who murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonists lived in Paris almost their entire lives. I'm sad it will now be illegal to go there.

Syrian-Canadians are also worried.

Faisal Alazem with the Syrian Canadian Council says hundreds of people travel back to Syria each year, either to visit family or for professional reasons.

"There is a lot of concern. It's not passing very well, I can tell you, in the community," Alazem told the Globe and Mail.

The Conservatives defend the proposal by saying Australia has a similar law in place.

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The Australian government has banned travel to the Mosul region in Iraq and the al-Raqqa province of Syria, both controlled by ISIS.

The travel ban will come with several exceptions, though.

You can still travel to the declared areas to provide humanitarian assistance or if you are a "professional journalist." It will also be OK if you are travelling to Syria to fight against ISIS.

That would produce the rather difficult dilemma of figuring out which foreign fighters are leaving Canada to be terrorists and which are doing so to fight terrorists.

In the interest of making things easier for those intending to travel abroad as mercenaries, and the government bureaucrats who will be tasked with figuring this whole thing out, we've put together a handy questionnaire for anyone planning to take up arms for/against Western civilization. Please answer all questions honestly.

  1. 1. How do you feel about terrorism?

    files / Via AP
    It's bad. Very bad.
    It's very good, yum yum.
  2. 2. How do you unwind after a long, stressful day?

    Terrorism.
    Not-terrorism.
  3. 3. Who would be your celebrity BFF?

    J-Law
    Casey Rodgers / AP
    J-Law
    Casey Rodgers / AP
    Seth Rogen
    AP
    Seth Rogen
    AP
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    Militant video / Via AP
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    Militant video / Via AP
  4. 4. How do you feel about the establishment of a theocratic state in Iraq and Syria that enforces a narrow version of Islam by brutal means?

    No place in particular. This is just a general get-to-know-you question.
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    No place in particular. This is just a general get-to-know-you question.

    Sounds like fun!
    Hmm, probably not my thing.
  5. 5. Be honest, are you trying to join ISIS?

    files / Via AP
    No.
    Um, no? *sweats profusely*
  6. 6. Are you SURE???

    HBO / Via jayveeaitch.wordpress.com
    I'm not trying to join a terrorist group, I swear.

    Come on, just give me my passport. You can trust me.

    OK you got me.

    I'm definitely trying to join ISIS.

How Will The Canadian Government Know Who’s Travelling Abroad For Terrorism?

You got: "Stranded in Canada"

Uh oh, it looks like you're trying to travel to a terrorist-controlled area for the wrong reasons. You will not be issued a passport at this time.

"Stranded in Canada"
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You got: "You're free to go"

According to this very rigorous process, it looks like you're one of the good guys (maybe, probably, hopefully). Go wherever you like and spread freedom!

"You're free to go"
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Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

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