Joint Statement on Federal Court En banc matter

From: Public Safety Canada

“Public trust in government institutions such as Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Justice Canada is essential in the fulfillment of their missions. Protecting Canadians in a manner that is compliant with the law is something that we are determined to uphold.

“Today, the Federal Court issued a decision in which it found that institutional failings, by both CSIS and the Department of Justice, led to a breach of CSIS’ duty of candour to the Court in failing to proactively identify and disclose all relevant facts in support of warrant applications. The Court has recommended a comprehensive external review of the policies and practices of the Department of Justice and CSIS in this area.

“We take these findings very seriously and are committed to following up on the Court’s recommendation, in conjunction with the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency and the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, the oversight bodies put in place to review and report on all national security activities across the federal government.

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