ICLMG supports new bill to increase CSIS accountability

ICLMG joins member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, Salma Zahid, in a press conference announcing the tabling of Bill C-331, An Act to amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act (duty of candour). The bill aims to ensure greater transparency and accountability when CSIS misleads the courts and breaches its duty of candour. ICLMG’s intervention starts at 9:08.


Bill C-331 An Act to amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act (duty of candour), which follows a public consultation process launched last summer, consists of three elements:

  • Include in the annual report by the Director of CSIS to the Minister of Public Safety information on the number of breaches of the duty of candour to the courts, a description of each breach, and any remedial action taken. This classified report is also provided to the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.
  • Require the Minister to table annually in the House of Commons an unclassified copy of the information described above related to breaches and remedial action taken.
  • Amend the Oath of Office sworn by the CSIS director and employees to include duties owed to the courts, such as the duty of candour.

For more information on the bill, click here.

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