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Media Release: BCCLA reacts to national security report of public safety committee

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The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) reacted this morning to report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on a road map for Canada's national security. Josh Paterson, Executive Director of the BCCLA, stated: Media Release (05/02/2017) Vancouver, BC - "This report contains a number of very good recommendations and the government ought to take them very seriously. The MPs on the committee recognized that the government needs to go further than it has in order to ensure the accountability of national security agencies. A committee of Parliamentarians to review national security is not enough; there must be a dedicated, integrated agency to provide review of national security operations across the whole of the government. In addition, the committee strongly recognized the need to ensure that human rights and civil liberties are protected in national security decision-making.

That said, some important recommendations were left out, and are only included in the supplemental opinion of the New Democrats, including stronger powers for the review committee of Parliamentarians, a full repeal of Bill C-51, and the repeal of the ministerial directive on torture to ensure that the government can never rely on information obtained through torture or share information that is likely to result in torture."

Liberal members signed on to all recommendations, New Democrats agreed with the recommendations but added several of their own, while the Consiervative members issued a dissent expressing concern about some recommendations.

Josh Paterson, BCCLA Executive Director: 778-829-8973;


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