Inquiries on CPAC - The Air India Inquiry – May 3, 2007 (Part 2 of 3)
Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witness: James K. Bartleman
James K. Bartleman (Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, formerly with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and former Director-General of the Intelligence Analysis and Security Bureau in the Department of External Affairs) continues to testify before the Commission. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Bartleman about an intercept received by his department from the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) about a possible terrorist attack against an Air India flight originating in Toronto. Mr. Bartleman says very little, citing concerns about Canada’s national security and foreign policy interests. Mr. Shore questions Mr. Bartleman about the response he received from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) upon presenting them with the information. Barney Brucker (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examines Mr. Bartleman about RCMP, CSEC, and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) representatives attached to the Department of External Affairs’ Intelligence Analysis and Security Bureau during his time as director-general. A brief, acrimonious exchange occurs between Mr. Brucker and the witness when Mr. Bartleman claims that he cannot remember with absolute certainty the name of the CSEC representative attached to his bureau at the time. Paul Cavalluzzo, Counsel for Mr. Bartleman, asks some final questions of Mr. Bartleman.