The MP for Châteauguay-Lacolle, Brenda Shanahan, is delighted to confirm her special appointment to the new Committee of Parliamentarians on National Security and Intelligence.
Announced by the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last November, this highly confidential committee is composed of 11 MPs and Senators and has the authority to review national security and intelligence activities carried out across the Government of Canada. This includes activities undertaken by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canada Border Services Agency, amongst many others.
The committee’s mandate allows an unprecedented level of review and promotes government-wide accountability. It will provide the Prime Minister with annual reports on its reviews that will also be tabled in both Houses of Parliament. Because of the confidential nature of its activities, the committee is supported by an independent Secretariat.
Mission of paramount importance
“I have been pleased to serve on the Standing Committees on Public Accounts and Government Operations and Estimates over the last two years. I now have the honour of bringing my analytical skills to the table of this committee which is very important to the security of our country.” says Brenda Shanahan.
“The creation of a strong, accountable, and multi-party committee of dedicated parliamentarians will help us ensure that our national security agencies continue to keep Canadians safe in a way that also safeguards our values, rights, and freedoms”, adds the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “This independent group will help strengthen the accountability of our national security and intelligence work.”