Statement by Director of Canadian Security Intelligence Service

From: Canadian Security Intelligence Service

“Today, the Federal Court released a public decision finding that institutional failings by CSIS and the Department of Justice led to CSIS having failed in fulfilling its duty of candour obligations to the Court. I take the Court’s findings very seriously and am committed to ensuring that CSIS fully understands our obligations to the Court. This must take place at both the institutional and individual level.

CSIS operations are vital to our nation’s security, and the Court’s role in authorizing warrants is a key element of our accountability framework. The Court enables us to conduct our investigations, aligned with the rights and freedoms we all enjoy as Canadians. We fully respect the rule of law, and the critical role the Court plays, and we know we must do everything we can to ensure that the Court has full confidence in us.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s mission is to keep Canada and Canadians safe from national security threats such as acts of espionage, foreign interference, and terrorism.

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