2022 Annual Report of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians tabled in Parliament
July 19, 2023
Ottawa, July 19, 2023 — The 2022 Annual Report of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) was tabled in Parliament today.
The short report is divided into two parts. First, the Committee reflects on its first five years. It also provides an overview of the Committee’s current challenges with obtaining information, and considerations in the context of Parliament’s five-year review of the operation of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act, which is expected to begin in 2023.
Second, the Committee fulfills its annual reporting requirements under the NSICOP Act, including by summarizing its work in 2022. It provides an overview of the review it completed in 2022, the Special Report on the National Security and Intelligence Activities of Global Affairs Canada, and the government’s response to its recommendations.
The Honourable David McGuinty, Chair of NSICOP, stated that “In its first five years, the Committee completed nine reviews, and is currently working on three others. The Committee’s reviews strengthened the security and intelligence community’s policies and operations, as well as overall accountability. The reviews also shone a light on the important work of the community, and on the challenges it faces in an uncertain world.”
The report was delivered to the Prime Minister on May 12, 2023.
The Committee’s report is available on the NSICOP website at https://nsicop-cpsnr.ca/reports/rp-2023-07-19-ar-2022/intro-en.html
NSICOP was established under the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act on June 22, 2017. It may review:
- the legislative, regulatory, policy, administrative and financial framework for national security and intelligence;
- any activity carried out by a department that relates to national security or intelligence,
- unless the activity is an ongoing operation and the appropriate Minister determines that the review would be injurious to national security; and,
- any matter relating to national security or intelligence that a minister of the Crown refers to the Committee.
NSICOP members hold the highest level of security clearance, are bound by the Security of Information Act and meet in private.
Members of the 2022 Committee:
- The Hon. David McGuinty, P.C., M.P. (Chair)
- Mr. Stéphane Bergeron, M.P.
- Mr. Don Davies, M.P.
- The Hon. Dennis Dawson, Senator (resigned September 9, 2022)
- Ms. Iqra Khalid, M.P.
- The Hon. Frances Lankin, P.C., C.M., Senator
- Ms. Patricia Lattanzio, M.P.
- Mr. James Maloney, M.P.
- Mr. Rob Morrison, M.P.
- Mr. Alex Ruff, M.S.C., C.D., M.P.
- The Hon. Vernon White, Senator (resigned October 2, 2022)