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C-51 hearings: Topless protester dragged from House of Commons

03/23/2015 12:33 EDT | Updated 05/23/2015 05:59 EDT
An unidentified woman seated in the House of Commons gallery managed to put the government's proposed anti-terror legislation back in the parliamentary spotlight, albeit briefly, when she interrupted the proceedings to raise her voice — and bare her breasts — to protest the bill.

"Seconds ago, tattooed, bare-breasted young #C51 protester in #HoC grabbed and removed by security," Liberal MP Joyce Murray tweeted moments after the interruption took place.

"Wow!" added New Democrat MP Peggy Nash, also via Twitter. 

"[A] #StopC51 protester just flashed the #HoC from the spectators' gallery shouting No C51 and interrupting a speech on Viet Nam," Nash wrote.

The demonstration came as MPs were debating a Senate-initiated private members' bill to create a "journey to freedom day" to mark the exodus of refugees from Vietnam.

The House public safety committee is set to resume its review of the bill during a two-hour session this evening. Scheduled witnesses include:

- Salim Mansur.

- Protect Our Privacy Coalition members OpenMedia, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Free Dominion.

- Simon Fraser University professor Garth Davies.

- Retired senator Hugh Segal.

- Louise Vincent, sister of slain soldier Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.

- Royal Military College professor Christian Leuprecht.

As reported by CBC News, the National Firearms Association was originally slated to appear as part of the Protect Our Privacy Coalition, but pulled out late last week.