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Striking the ‘delicate balance’ again

By Andrew Caddell      

The government's national security bill is an important attempt to counter potential threats while maintaining public trust in Canada's spy agencies.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is responsible for shepherding the government's security oversight bill, C-59, through Parliament, and defending it against critics who say it provides little real power for a panel of Parliamentarians that will be tasked with overseeing Canada's spy agencies. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Few people can say where they were 33 years ago; I know exactly where I was on July 16, 1984: celebrating royal assent of legislation to create the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. It had taken almost a year of long and arduous debate, extreme claims, negotiation, media criticism, and the stoic determination of my minister, solicitor general Bob Kaplan, to get it done. And now, 33 Julys later, a Liberal government under another Prime Minister Trudeau has tabled

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