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National security oversight committee seeking $4.5M to get off the ground

By Charelle Evelyn      

The committee will be a new 'departmental entity,' according to PCO, with a deputy minister-level head.

Liberal MP David McGuinty, chair of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, says the politicians won't have any say in staffing the committee's secretariat, except for the prime minister's appointment of the executive director. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The new government department-style entity being created to support a group of Parliamentarians charged with overseeing the country’s national security and intelligence operations is expected to cost about $4.5-million this fiscal year, with the Privy Council Office taking on half of the start-up costs. The Privy Council Office is requesting an additional $2.2-million in funding through the second set of supplementary estimates for the 2017-18 fiscal year for its role in establishing the National Security and Intelligence Committee

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