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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
National Security and Defence

Issue No. 12 - Minutes of Proceedings - February 13, 2017

OTTAWA, Monday, February 13, 2017


The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence met this day at 1 p.m., in room 2, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Daniel Lang, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Beyak, Boniface, Jaffer, Kenny, Lang, McPhedran, Meredith, Saint-Germain, Smith, Tkachuk and White (11).

In attendance: Marcus Pistor, Analyst, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament; Marcy Galipeau, Communications Officer, Senate Communications Directorate.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the committee continued its Study on security threats facing Canada, including but not limited to: (a) Cyber espionage; (b) Threats to critical infrastructure; (c) Terrorist recruitment and financing; (d) Terrorist operations and prosecutions. Topic: Charities (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 4.)


Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada:

Barry MacKillop, Deputy Director, Operations Sectors — Compliance and Intelligence;

Luc Beaudry, Assistant Director, Collaboration, Development and Research.

As an individual:

Christian Leuprecht, Professor, Department of Political Science and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada.

Royal United Services Institute:

Tom Keatinge, Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (by video conference).

As an individual:

Matthew Levitt, Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, The Washington Institute (by video conference).

The chair made a statement.

Mr. MacKillop made a statement and, together with Mr. Beaudry, answered questions.

At 2 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 2:04 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Keatinge and Mr. Leuprecht each made a statement and, together, answered questions.

At 3 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 3:18 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Levitt made a statement and answered questions.

At 4:06 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 4:10 p.m., pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee resumed in camera for the consideration of a draft agenda (future business).

At 4:30 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Adam Thompson

Clerk of the Committee