CMLA submits comments on Government of Canada Green Paper on National Security

December 16, 2016
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The CMLA submitted its comments to the Government of Canada on the ‘Our Security, Our Rights: National Security Green Paper, 2016′, which may be accessed here. In keeping with its previous submissions and testimony on the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (Bill C-51) before the House of Commons Committee on Public Safety and National Security, the CMLA reiterated its positions, including, the need for greater oversight of the various security agencies, elimination of CSIS’ threat reduction powers and the over-broad information sharing provisions, introducing greater transparency and accountability with respect to no-fly lists, and the repeal of the terrorism offences in general provision inserted into the Criminal Code. 

The Government of Canada is expected to release its findings on its consultation in the next few months along with proposed changes. The CMLA will continue to advocate on national security matters and hold the Government to account where we believe that the Government has fallen short.