National Defence – June 14, 2017 – Part 1

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

National Defence – June 14, 2017 – Part 1

Senators continue to study Bill C-22, which would create a committee of parliamentarians to review national security and intelligence activities.

Charles Robert, clerk of the Senate and of the Parliaments, and Michel Patrice, law clerk of the Senate and Parliamentary counsel, provide clarification on the issue of privilege. Section 12 of the bill excludes committee members from parliamentary privilege for unauthorized disclosure of information.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former chair of the U.K. Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, then testifies via videoconference. He provides some background on the committee’s creation and work. (June 14, 2017)

UPDATE: Bill C-22 received royal assent on June 22.