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National Security Oversight Committee to require top-secret facilities to ‘meet, transmit and store information’: Public Safety docs

By Abbas Rana      

Among the Five Eyes allies that collaborate on national security and intelligence sharing, Canada is the only country that does not have oversight of its security agencies by legislators.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured recently in a Hill scrum, said he is hoping to table the legislation to establish the new all-party National Security Oversight Committee of Parliament before the House adjourns for the summer. The Hill Times photography by Jake Wright

In order to review, monitor and scrutinize the activities of the country’s most secret national security organizations including CSIS, the RCMP, the CSE, and the CBSA, Parliament's first all-party National Security Oversight Committee will require dedicated secure facilities that match the “top secret RCMP signals-intelligence standards” to hold meetings, transmit, and store information, according to documents obtained by The Hill Times. In response to an access to information request filed by Ottawa researcher Ken Rubin, who requested memos and briefing notes related

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