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Annex C: Chronology of Parliamentary Role in Security and Intelligence

This annex contains a list of documents, and more recently Government statements, which chronicle Parliament's involvement in security and intelligence issues since 1979.

Date Document

1979

The McDonald Commission Report. Commission of Inquiry Concerning Certain Activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Security and Information: First Report (Ottawa: Supply and Services Canada, 1979).

1981

The McDonald Commission Report. Commission of Inquiry Concerning Certain Activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Freedom and security under the law: Second Report, 2 vol.
(Ottawa: Supply and Services Canada, 1981).

The McDonald Commission Report. Commission of Inquiry Concerning Certain Activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Certain R.C.M.P. activities and the question of governmental knowledge: third report (Ottawa: Supply and Services Canada, 1981).

November 1983

The Pitfield Report. Parliament. Senate. Special Committee on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Report of the Special Committee of the Senate on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Delicate balance: a security intelligence service in a democratic society (Ottawa: The Senate, 1983).

June 28, 1984

Royal Assent given to Bill C-9, An Act Establishing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

October 1987

The Osbaldeston Report. Independent Advisory Team. People and process in transition: report to the Solicitor General (Ottawa: Solicitor General Canada, 1987).

July 30, 1987

Parliament. Senate. Senate Special Committee on Terrorism and the Public Safety, Report (Ottawa: Supply and Services Canada, 1987).

June 28, 1989

Parliament. Senate. Senate Special Committee on Terrorism and the Public Safety, Second Report (Ottawa: Supply and Services Canada, 1989). The Second Report was the Special Committee's final report.

September 1990

Five-year review of the CSIS Act. Parliament. House of Commons. Special Committee on the Review of the CSIS Act and the Security Offences Act. In flux but not in crisis: a report of the House of Commons Special Committee on the Review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Security Offences Act (Ottawa: House of Commons Publications Service, 1990).

February 25, 1991

Solicitor General of Canada. On course: national security for the 1990s: the government's response to the Report of the House of Commons Special Committee on the Review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Security Offences Act (Ottawa: Solicitor General Canada, 1991).

June 13, 1991

Motion passed establishing the National Security Subcommittee of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and the Solicitor General. Parliament. House of Commons. Proceedings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and the Solicitor General, Proceedings, Meeting Number 5, 34th Parl. 3rd Sess., June 13, 1991.

June 2, 1994

Motion passed re-establishing the National Security Subcommittee of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs. Parliament. House of Commons. Proceedings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs, Proceedings, Meeting Number 19, 35th Parl. 1st Sess.,
June 13, 1994.

December 9, 1994

Security Intelligence Review Committee. The Heritage Front Affair: report to the Solicitor General of Canada (Ottawa: Security Intelligence Review Committee, 1994).

June 19, 1996

Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs. The Heritage Front Affair: Our view: First report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs, National Security Subcommittee (Ottawa: House of Commons Publications Service, 1996).

November 1996

Office of the Auditor General of Canada, "The Canadian Intelligence Community — Control and Accountability", Chapter 27, Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the House of Commons, November 1996.

December 1998

Office of the Auditor General of Canada, "Follow-up of Recommendations in Previous Reports", Chapter 28, Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the House of Commons, December 1998.

January 1999

Parliament. Senate. Special Committee on Security and Intelligence, The report of the Special Senate Committee on Security and Intelligence(Ottawa: The Senate, 1999).

May 31, 2001

The Senate established the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence. Parliament. Senate, Journals of the Senate, Issue 13, 37th Parl. 1st Sess., May 31, 2001.

December 18, 2001

Royal Assent given to Bill C-36, The Anti-Terrorism Act.

December 2002

Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Partners in North America: Advancing Canada's Relations with the United States and Mexico (Ottawa: Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 2002). The Committee recommends, p. 96-98, increased parliamentary scrutiny of intelligence (Recommendation Number 10).

May 7, 2003

Government Response to the Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Partners in North America: Advancing Canada's relations with the United States and Mexico (Ottawa: Government of Canada, 2003), pp. 17-18.

December 12, 2003

Office of the Prime Minister. "Changing Government — Prime Minister announces appointment of Cabinet — news release," December 12, 2003.  

Canada. Office of the Prime Minister. "Democratic reform — news release", December 12, 2003.

February 4, 2004

Office of the Prime Minister. "Martin government tables Democratic Reform Action Plan — news release", February 4, 2004.

Privy Council Office. Ethics, responsibility, accountability: an action plan for democratic reform (Ottawa: Government of Canada, 2004).

March 31, 2004

Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. A national security committee of parliamentarians: A consultation paper to help inform the creation of a committee of parliamentarians to review national security (Ottawa: Government of Canada, 2004).

Statements by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Anne McLellan in the House of Commons on the day A national security committee of parliamentarians was tabled in the House of Commons.

April 2004

Privy Council Office. Securing an open society: Canada's national security policy (Ottawa: Government of Canada, 2004), p. 19.

May 13, 2004

Office of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, "Establishment of an Interim Committee on National Security — news release."


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