OTTAWA - The Conservative government will introduce legislation Thursday to make it tougher for criminals serving time abroad to obtain transfers to Canada.

Proposed changes to the International Transfer of Offenders Act would impose new conditions on prisoners who want to serve out their sentences in Canadian jails.

The public safety minister would consider whether the offender had been taking part in rehabilitation programs and co-operating with foreign authorities, as well as whether they pose a threat to the public.

One insider tells The Canadian Press the idea is to make prisoners earn the right to come back to Canada.

The NDP has accused the Conservatives of being too tough on applicants.

In August the party took issue with the government's refusal to allow a British Columbia man serving a U.S. prison term for drug trafficking to transfer to a Canadian prison.

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