I am honoured to be re-appointed as Chair of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.
The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians has a broad mandate to review Canada’s national security and intelligence organizations.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new and returning members of the Committee. I look forward to working with them to continue the important work of providing a non-partisan approach to the scrutiny of national security and intelligence issues in Canada.
The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act mandates the Committee to review:
Committee members come from both Houses of Parliament. All hold Top Secret security clearances and are permanently bound to secrecy under the Security of Information Act. Members swear an oath or solemn affirmation indicating that they will obey and uphold the laws of Canada, and not communicate or inappropriately use information obtained in confidence as part their responsibilities on the Committee. On this basis, members are able to receive classified briefings and materials related to the conduct of the Committee’s work.
The Committee does not receive or deal with public complaints against national security and intelligence organizations.
The Committee must submit to the Prime Minister an Annual Report that includes the reviews conducted in the preceding year. The Committee may also complete a Special Report on any matter related to its mandate, at any time. The Prime Minister of Canada tables the Committee’s reports in both Houses of Parliament.
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