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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-03-22 11:23
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Minister, thank you for being here today, and thank you to the folks around the table as well.
My question—and you mentioned this in your comments—is about the capability sharing that's happening between CSE and the armed forces, in particular with regard to active cyber-operations. There have been concerns raised about the evolving landscape that was alluded to and what exactly that means for a civilian organization when you're talking about, in particular, foreign-state actors that might be involved in some of the activities that those active cyber-operations are being used against. It feels as if there might be a slippery slope there in terms of international law, as to what is military action and what is not.
I'm wondering if you could comment on that and perhaps explain how those capabilities go together and in what way we're making sure we don't have CSE as a civilian organization engaged in what other states might perceive as military attacks, especially with the concept of sovereignty being very nebulous in this digital age in terms of international law.
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-03-22 11:25
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Before I get to the technical side for a more precise aspect, the bill calls for authorization by you, in consultation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for any active cyber-operation. Let's say there's a foreign state actor involved in the activity that requires that active cyber-operation. Can you walk us through the process of how you make the decision as to whether the Armed Forces should be intervening with their cyber-capability or whether it's CSE as a civilian organization?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-15 12:22
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Hello.
I am pleased to hear that I have 14 minutes.
Thank you for being here today. I have a number of questions and I would like them to pertain to the bill, but certain issues relate to your organization and the RCMP, broadly speaking, and to the topic under consideration.
My first question relates to the lack of consistency across Canada. There are a lot of questions about the way police action is investigated, in Ontario and Quebec in particular, which have provincial police services. We have even heard that the police services in Toronto, Montreal, and other cities have significant involvement in all kinds of anti-terrorism work. Could the lack of consistency in evaluating police work and handling complaints, in both legal and practical terms, be problematic for these national investigations?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-15 12:28
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As regards national security, you made recommendations about how to proceed in this context and the need for a stronger definition. If I understand correctly, however, the ideal would be for you to work together rather than passing the buck back and forth.
You conduct parallel investigations, is that correct? How do you see this?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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NDP (QC)
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2018-02-15 12:30
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Is that a change that should be considered to broaden the commission's mandate?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2018-02-15 12:31
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You mentioned that you are reviewing Justice O'Connor's recommendations.
Will you publish a report once you have completed that review?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2018-02-15 12:31
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I have one final question. I might then give Mr. Picard some speaking time since it is his birthday.
My question pertains to the Canada Border Services Agency. There is a debate going on right now that you are certainly aware of. There is always some tension between police authority and the territory a certain number of kilometres around customs areas. There have been some incidents, in Windsor in particular. As I recall, someone died following a police chase.
One of the questions raised in the debate of Bill  C-59 is the review or surveillance of the Canada Border Services Agency.
Does your mandate include the work the CBSA does in co-operation with the RCMP or is it once again a question of following the trail, national security issues, and information sharing?
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View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you.
I would like some explanations, but I am not sure who can provide them.
Several bodies report to the minister. We have the intelligence commissioner, the Privacy Commissioner, the new Committee of Parliamentarians. Several groups report in the interests of protecting privacy. But what about the operational aspect? I want to know how you will interact with all these groups and how that is going to work, especially in the case of CSIS.
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View Michel Picard Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2018-02-13 12:37
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Thank you.
Mr. Brown, Bill  C-59 changes the powers to oversee the various agencies mentioned in it.
What impact will that have on the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-08 11:43
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Great. Thank you.
I just want to shift gears a bit and go to the position of the intelligence commissioner. It perhaps seems like a nitpicking thing, but it is important, this notion that it's a part-time position. I'm just wondering what your thoughts are on that, and if you think it should be full time, especially considering that, should this bill be adopted, it's essentially the only form of real-time oversight, versus everything else in this country that's based on review after the fact.
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-08 11:53
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Something that has come up a few times—and the minister has evoked interest in this, but nothing has really come of it yet. Do you both believe that there should be an oversight and complaints mechanism specifically for CBSA, which is currently the only body dealing with national security that doesn't have that kind of thing in place?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-08 11:54
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There's a sense that everything the CBSA does could be considered national security because it involves the flow at the border. Is there any concern that this definition is not tight enough even for the work that existing bodies such as SIRC currently do when they have to follow the breadcrumbs leading to CBSA?
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View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you very much.
Mr. Blais, each of your statements revealed a communication problem that might arise.
Many agencies and sub-agencies must cooperate, such as the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, the national security review agencies, the intelligence commissioner, and the national security advisor to the Prime Minister. All these groups must intervene in decision-making on measures that must be taken with respect to national security. Since so many people are involved, aren't you afraid that leaks might occur or that information might not be protected? We are so eager to establish protections that we are creating a problem.
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-06 11:31
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here.
Mr. Blais, I would like to ask you a question about the presence, or rather absence, of various review mechanisms for the Canada Border Services Agency. Several witnesses have said it would be important to have some kind of committee or organization that would review that agency's activities, considering that it plays an increasingly important national security role.
Do you agree with that view?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-06 11:33
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I agree.
In the circumstances, should we follow the indicators? You usually conduct a review because you believe that information could have been shared with CSIS, for example. That is why you are reviewing the actions the agency has taken. Is that an appropriate conclusion?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-06 11:34
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So that's another reason for an organization to examine the agency's activities specifically.
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2018-02-06 11:35
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I understand. I also think our discussion clearly shows how difficult it is to determine when that's important and when it is not.
Now I would like to talk about Global Affairs Canada, which is exempted from review by the new committee that has been established. Isn't that a problem considering the role that–
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-06 11:36
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I understand because that includes consular affairs.
Do you think that what is proposed in the bill is enough to fill the gap that has been shown to exist on numerous occasions, particularly in cases such as that of Mr. Arar?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2018-02-06 12:43
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That's perfect. Thank you.
I would like to discuss the new commissioner position. Part 3 contains a section that concerns the possibility that the minister may renew authorizations of work done by the CSE without obtaining the commissioner's authorization. Do you think this is a problem?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2018-02-06 12:45
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Thank you.
Your answer raises two questions. First, the post created is described as a part-time position. Considering the workload and all the complexities you have just cited, is that appropriate, or should it be a full-time position? I think it is entirely possible that a retired judge could occupy the position on a full-time basis.
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2018-02-06 12:46
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I have a final question on the subject. You may find it hard to answer in what little time we have left because it is fairly broad question.
You discussed automatic authorizations and said that might be difficult for the commissioner. It must also be acknowledged that there is no real-time oversight in this instance. What we can acknowledge as positive is that the commissioner position contemplated would approach that.
If this is not the perfect model, do you have any suggestions or recommendations regarding what we might explore in future to establish an entity that conducts real-time oversight, which is not currently the case in Canada?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2017-12-12 10:30
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Great. Thank you.
The last question I have about review and oversight is the issue of Global Affairs Canada being omitted from the investigative complaints component of the new body. Is that something that should be fixed?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
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2017-12-07 9:12
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Therrien, I want to thank you and your team for being with us today.
My question has to do with the Canada Border Services Agency, or CBSA for short.
On the one hand, should the agency have an oversight body? It isn't the only organization that Bill  C-59 excludes.
On the other hand, should we broaden the scope of the bill to include those organizations in national security matters?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2017-12-07 9:13
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CBSA is unlike other agencies in that it deals with travellers crossing the border as part of its day-to-day operations.
Does it raise any concerns that only CBSA's operations involving national security are subject to oversight? It could become difficult to distinguish between an action taken in the name of national security and one taken in the exercise of its mandate?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2017-12-05 9:25
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Great. Thank you.
The next question is for both of you, moving to the national security and intelligence review agency. The complaints investigation function omits agencies like Global Affairs Canada, which obviously has a huge role to play.
From your perspective in particular, Mr. Neve, when it comes to our international human rights obligations, what importance does that have? Is keeping it to three agencies, with the fact that we're keeping an information-sharing regime in place, problematic?
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View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you.
I would like to go back to Part 1 of Bill  C-59, which pertains to the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.
The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians was created, pursuant to Bill C-22, and Part 1 of Bill  C-59 includes this committee.
Our party was in favour of creating this committee, but we expressed reservations about the information being centralized in the Prime Minister's Office, and so we voted against the bill.
I would like to hear your thoughts on that.
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2017-12-05 10:26
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Staying within the authorizations, you get proposed section 37, where we talk about the periods of validity of authorizations, and then in proposed subsections 37(2) and 37(3), it talks about the extension. Proposed subsection 37(3) specifically mentions that they're not subject to review by the commissioner under the intelligence commissioner act.
Do you believe it's appropriate that the minister be able to extend without undergoing the same review process that he would be subject to while making the initial authorization?
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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2017-12-05 10:28
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I'm just having trouble with something like this because it seems that, in a lot of instances in the bill, the minister basically can't move ahead without getting the commissioner's authorization. Then in that instance you'd be able to extend without the commissioner's authorization.
I'm just wondering if it creates a difficult situation when it comes to the chain of command, for a lack of a better term.
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