Note: in retrospect, there could be multiple sides to this issue if it had to do with globalist trade agreements and the right of corporations to sue foreign governments for loss of profits when they try (we assume) to protect the rights of their citizens.
I don’t know if it will become law, but this bill appears to be on the right track in amending the State Immunity Act and the Criminal Code to allow ordinary people to sue foreign states.
Any person, other than a foreign state, who has suffered loss or damage on or after January 1, 1985 as a result of conduct by any person that is contrary to any provision of this Part may, in any court of competent jurisdiction, sue for and recover from the person who engaged in the conduct an amount equal to the loss or damage proved to have been suffered by the person, together with any additional amount that the court may allow.
The nature of centralized legislation in general is that it is full of weaseley controls, contradictions and limitations. As an idea, we could have a natural type of law and judicial system that could evolve to allow anyone to sue any government for any harm they did.
It seems to leave out some major state instigators of terrorism such as the U.S. (oh, sorry, Merry Christmas) in this clause where it says:
Despite anything in this section, no proceeding may be brought under this section against a foreign state
(a) whose name appears in the schedule to the Extradition Act, or
(b) that is bound by a bilateral extradition treaty with Canada, and the court shall stay any such proceeding.
December 25th, 2007