Sunday 16 June 2024

Trudeau has “concerns” with NSICOP report on foreign interference

Global News has the story.

In tonight’s top story: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to be plagued by questions about alleged foreign interference by countries like China and India. Those questions come in the wake of a damning report that suggests some MPs are engaging with foreign states. As Mackenzie Gray reports, Trudeau said he has some "concerns" about the report, but is not volunteering any specifics.

In Calgary, the city has declared a local emergency as the ongoing water crisis worsens. It has been 10 days since the city reported what it’s declared as a catastrophic water main break. Now, there are signs it could be weeks before things return to normal. Adam MacVicar has the latest on the ongoing emergency.

Across the pond in London, England, Kate Middleton made her first public in nearly three months on Saturday. Middleton continues to battle a cancer diagnosis away from the public eye but displayed a united front with her family at the celebration of King Charles’ birthday. As Vanessa Wright reports, she managed to steal the show even in the face of her health issues.

Survivors of sexual assault in the military say there’s a long way to go to make Canada’s military a safe place for women to serve. On Wednesday, Ottawa’s Veterans Affairs Committee released a scathing report on how women are treated by the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs. Heidi Petracek speaks to women whose military careers were shattered by sexual assault about the accountability they say is missing.

And finally, it is do or die for the Edmonton Oilers as they face the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Oilers face near impossible odds to win the cup and if they fail to win Saturday’s game on home ice, it’s all over. Jeff Semple reports on how fans are feeling.

The so-called National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP; French: Comité des parlementaires sur la sécurité nationale et le renseignement; CPSNR) is a body composed of members of the House of Commons and Senate which reviews the activities of the Government of Canada's national security and intelligence agencies. The committee also performs strategic and systematic reviews of the legislative, regulatory, policy, expenditure and administrative frameworks under which national security activities are conducted.

Formed in 2017, members of NSICOP are appointed from members of Parliament's two chambers on the advice of the prime minister after consultation with the leader of the opposition party. Members must obtain and maintain top secret security clearance. NSICOP is not a standing committee nor a special committee of Parliament. Rather, it is an agency of the executive branch, itself overseen by the Prime Minister's Office, whose membership is made up of parliamentarians, unlike similar bodies in other Five Eyes countries – such as the Senate Intelligence Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the United States, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament in the United Kingdom or the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in Australia.

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