Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

Studies & Bills

Information prior to the 40th Parliament is from notices of meetings. For the official record, please refer to the related minutes and transcripts.

There are limited electronic records available for the period prior to the 35th Parliament. For historical information, please contact: ctm@sen.parl.gc.ca or 1-800-267-7362

Studies & Bills Date Referred  note  note
The subject matter of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, insofar as it relates to Canada’s borders
(2018-02-15) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:09 PM
  • Jonathan Blackham, Director, Policy and Public Affairs (Canadian Trucking Alliance)
  • His Worship Drew Dilkens, Mayor (City of Windsor)
  • Scott Railton, Attorney, Cascadia Cross-Border Law (As an Individual)
  • Lak Shoan, Director, Policy and Industry Awareness Programs (Canadian Trucking Alliance)
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2:32 PM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Trevor Bhupsingh, Director General, Law Enforcement and Border Strategies (Public Safety Canada)
  • Lorne Waldman, Lawyer (As an Individual)
Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:03 PM
  • Peter Hill, Associate Vice-President, Programs Branch (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • John Hudak, Deputy Director, Center for Effective Public Management (Brookings Institution)
  • Gil Kerlikowske, former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (As an Individual)
  • Len Saunders, Attorney at Law, The Immigration Law Firm (As an Individual)
  • Jamie Solesme, Superintendent, Federal Policing, Criminal Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Kevin Thompson, Director General, North America Strategy Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
Bill C-23, An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States
(2017-11-09) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:05 PM
  • Michael Greene, Honourary Executive Member, Immigration Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Réa Hawi, Lawyer, Secretariat of the Order and Legal Affairs (Barreau du Québec)
  • Pantea Jafari, Board Member (Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association)
  • Patricia Kosseim, Senior General Counsel, Director General (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Hugues Langlais, President, Immigration and Citizenship Committee (Barreau du Québec)
  • David MacNaughton, Canadian Ambassador to the United States (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Tim McSorley, National Coordinator (International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)
  • Josh Paterson, Executive Director (British Columbia Civil Liberties Association)
  • Rebecca Shepherd, Legal Counsel
  • Kathleen Terroux, Lawyer, Legislation and Law Reform (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 1:01 PM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Martin Bolduc, Vice President, Programs Branch (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Scott Nesbitt, Legal Counsel (Department of Justice)
  • Jill Wherrett, Assistant Deputy Minister, Portfolio Affairs and Communications Branch (Public Safety Canada)
  • Michael Zigayer, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-22, An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts
(2017-05-30)
Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10:03 AM
  • Anil Kapoor, Barrister, Kapoor Barristers (As an Individual)
  • Michel Patrice, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
  • The Right Honourable Sir Malcolm Rifkind, KCMG, P.C., Q.C., Former Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (UK) (As an Individual)
  • Charles Robert, Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments (The Senate of Canada)
Monday, June 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM
  • Ryan Alford, Assistant Professor, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University (As an Individual)
  • The Honourable Tony Clement, P.C., M.P., House of Commons, Official Opposition Critic to the Bill (As an Individual)
  • Michael Doucet, Executive Director (Security Intelligence Review Committee)
  • Richard Evans, Senior Director, Operations (Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP)
  • Craig Forcese, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • J. William Galbraith, Executive Director (Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner)
  • Derek Lee, Former Member of Parliament (As an Individual)
  • Christian Leuprecht, Professor, Department of Political Science and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Hayley McNorton, Research Assistant, Queen's University (As an Individual)
  • Ian McPhail, Chair (Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP)
  • Tim McSorley, National Coordinator (International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)
  • The Honourable Jean-Pierre Plouffe, Commissioner (Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner)
  • Kent Roach, Professor, Prichard-Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Craig Scott, Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School (As an Individual)
  • Darryl Sitka, Research Director (Security Intelligence Review Committee)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM
  • Errol Mendes, Professor, Faculty of Law - Common Law, , University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Wesley K. Wark, Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:59 PM
  • The Honourable Bardish Chagger, P.C., M.P., Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism (Small Business and Tourism)
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Malcolm Brown, Deputy Minister (Public Safety Canada)
  • Lieutenant-General (Retired) the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, former senator (As an Individual)
  • Ian McCowan, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Governance (Privy Council Office)
  • The Honourable Hugh Segal, former senator (As an Individual)
  • Heather Sheehy, Director of Operations, Machinery of Government (Privy Council Office)
  • Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Government Response to the seventh report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence entitled UN Deployment: Prioritizing commitments at home and abroad, tabled in the Senate on November 28, 2016
(2017-05-16)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Divisions 12 and 19 of Part 4 of Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures
(2017-05-08)
Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:59 PM
  • The Honourable Bardish Chagger, P.C., M.P., Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism (Small Business and Tourism)
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Malcolm Brown, Deputy Minister (Public Safety Canada)
  • Lieutenant-General (Retired) the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, former senator (As an Individual)
  • Ian McCowan, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Governance (Privy Council Office)
  • The Honourable Hugh Segal, former senator (As an Individual)
  • Heather Sheehy, Director of Operations, Machinery of Government (Privy Council Office)
  • Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Monday, May 15, 2017 at 1:15 PM
  • Maxime Beaupré, Chief, Financial Systems Division, Financial Sector Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Dan Lambert, Assistant Director, Intelligence, Operations (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada)
  • Faith McIntyre, Director General, Policy and Research Division, Strategic Policy and Commemoration (Veterans Affairs Canada)
  • Lisa Pezzack, Director, Financial Systems Division, Financial Sector Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
Study on issues relating to creating a defined, professional and consistent system for veterans as they leave the Canadian Armed Forces
(2017-03-07)
Bill S-233, An Act to amend the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (presentation and reporting requirements)
(2017-02-01)
Monday, April 3, 2017 at 1:02 PM
  • Madona Radi, Director, Program and Policy Management (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Jamie Solesme, Officer in Charge, Federal Coordination Center, Canada-United States, Federal Policing Special Services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM
  • Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes (As an Individual)
  • Gary DeYoung, Tourism Director (1000 Islands International Tourism Council)
  • Scott Newark, Public Policy Consultant (DSN Consulting)
  • Senator Patty Ritchie, The New York State Senate (As an Individual)
  • The Honourable Senator Bob Runciman, sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
Government response to the Sixteenth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, entitled: Vigilance, Accountability and Security at Canada’s Borders tabled and adopted in the Senate on June 18, 2015, during the Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament
(2016-11-03)
Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act and other Acts and to provide for certain other measures
(2016-06-02) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 8:33 AM
Monday, June 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM
  • A. Edward Aust, Senior Strategic Advisor, Aust Legal and Former Senior Advisor to Executive Committee of RCMP (As an Individual)
  • Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, Chair (Ottawa Police Services Board)
  • The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., former Minister of National Defence (As an Individual)
  • Bob Paulson, Commissioner (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • The Honourable David Pratt, P.C., former Minister of National Defence (As an Individual)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 12:36 PM
Monday, June 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • The Honourable Scott Brison, P.C., M.P., President of the Treasury Board (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • A. Edward Aust, Senior Strategic Advisor, Aust Legal and Former Senior Advisor to Executive Committee of RCMP (As an Individual)
  • Rae Banwarie, President (Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada)
  • Manon Brassard, Assistant Deputy Minister, Compensation and Labour Relations Sector (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Paul Champ, Lawyer, Champ and Associates (As an Individual)
  • Daniel Dubeau, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Human Resources Officer (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Dennis Duggan, Senior Labour Relations Consultant, Compensation and Labour Relations (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • James R. K. Duggan, Legal Advisor (Quebec Mounted Police Members’ Association )
  • Paul Dupuis, President (Quebec Mounted Police Members’ Association )
  • Peter Engelmann, Partner, Goldblatt Partners (Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada)
  • Roy Hill, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer (Mounted Police Members Legal Fund)
  • Robyn Hynes, Director General, Operations (National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman)
  • Alain Jolicoeur, Consultant (As an Individual)
  • Craig MacMillan, Assistant Commissioner, Professional Responsibility Officer (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Ian McPhail, Chair (Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP)
  • Brian Sauvé, Co-Chair (National Police Federation)
  • Tom Stamatakis, President (Canadian Police Association)
  • Kathy Thompson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch (Public Safety Canada)
  • Gary Walbourne, Ombudsman (National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman)
  • Mike Webster, Psychologist (As an Individual)
  • Stephen White, Assistant Commissioner, Workforce Programs and Services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 2 of Part 4 of Bill C-15, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures
(2016-05-03)
Monday, June 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • The Honourable Scott Brison, P.C., M.P., President of the Treasury Board (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • A. Edward Aust, Senior Strategic Advisor, Aust Legal and Former Senior Advisor to Executive Committee of RCMP (As an Individual)
  • Rae Banwarie, President (Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada)
  • Manon Brassard, Assistant Deputy Minister, Compensation and Labour Relations Sector (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Paul Champ, Lawyer, Champ and Associates (As an Individual)
  • Daniel Dubeau, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Human Resources Officer (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Dennis Duggan, Senior Labour Relations Consultant, Compensation and Labour Relations (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • James R. K. Duggan, Legal Advisor (Quebec Mounted Police Members’ Association )
  • Paul Dupuis, President (Quebec Mounted Police Members’ Association )
  • Peter Engelmann, Partner, Goldblatt Partners (Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada)
  • Roy Hill, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer (Mounted Police Members Legal Fund)
  • Robyn Hynes, Director General, Operations (National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman)
  • Alain Jolicoeur, Consultant (As an Individual)
  • Craig MacMillan, Assistant Commissioner, Professional Responsibility Officer (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Ian McPhail, Chair (Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP)
  • Brian Sauvé, Co-Chair (National Police Federation)
  • Tom Stamatakis, President (Canadian Police Association)
  • Kathy Thompson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch (Public Safety Canada)
  • Gary Walbourne, Ombudsman (National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman)
  • Mike Webster, Psychologist (As an Individual)
  • Stephen White, Assistant Commissioner, Workforce Programs and Services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 1:04 PM
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