Liberals to create 'super' national security watchdog as part of anti-terror law overhaul
The federal Liberal government is creating a new "super" civilian watchdog to review security and intelligence agencies across government and extending new powers to Canada's electronic spy agency.
After tabling the 139-page bill in the House of Commons, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said it aims to strike a better balance between strengthening security in a fast-changing threat environment, and safeguarding the charter and privacy rights of Canadians.
"What is critically important is that it be exercised consistently with the law and the charter, and we've put the framework in place to make sure that is the case," he said.
That bill number is Bill C-59.