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.

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Studies & Bills Date Referred  note  note
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)
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)
  • Superintendent 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
Study on issues related to the Defence Policy Review presently being undertaken by the government
(2016-04-21) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:02 AM
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 1:05 PM
Monday, April 3, 2017 at 1:02 PM
  • Madona Radi, Director, Program and Policy Management (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Superintendent Jamie Solesme, Officer in Charge, Federal Coordination Center, Canada-United States, Federal Policing Special Services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 1:02 PM
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 1:01 PM
  • Mostafa Askari, Deputy Parliamentary Budget Officer (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Luis Carvallo, Commanding Officer, 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Jean-Denis Fréchette, Parliamentary Budget Officer (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
  • Jason Jacques, Director, Economic and Fiscal Analysis (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
  • Daniel Jean, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister (Privy Council Office)
  • Brigadier-General Michael Nixon, Commander, Joint Task Force North (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Peter Weltman, Senior Director, Costing and Program Analysis (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
Monday, November 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM
  • Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Major-General Christian Juneau, Deputy Commander, Canadian Army (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Brigadier-General Michel Lalumière, Director General, Air Force Development (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Brigadier-General Michel Lalumière, Director General, Air Force Development (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Lori MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch (Public Safety Canada)
  • Brigadier-General Rob Roy MacKenzie, Chief of Staff, Army Reserve (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Mario Pelletier, Deputy Commissioner, Operations (Canadian Coast Guard)
  • Brian Rumig, Assistant Director, Operations (Canadian Security Intelligence Service)
  • Major-General William Seymour, Chief of Staff, Operations, Canadian Joint Operations Command (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Tom Venner, Assistant Director, Policy and Strategic Partnerships (Canadian Security Intelligence Service)
Monday, November 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM
  • Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk (As an Individual)
  • Luc Brûlé, Vice-President (Canadian Space Agency)
  • Major-General Paul Bury, Chief Reserves (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Linda Davidson (As an Individual)
  • Éric Laliberté, Director General, Space Utilization (Canadian Space Agency)
  • Sylvain Laporte, President (Canadian Space Agency)
  • Brigadier-General Rob Roy MacKenzie, Chief of Staff, Army Reserve (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Janet Merlo (As an Individual)
  • Eric Veilleux, Manager, Planning and Management Financial Resources (Canadian Space Agency)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:15 PM
Monday, November 14, 2016 at 1:05 PM
  • Lieutenant-General (Ret'd) André Deschamps, Honorary National President (Air Force Association of Canada)
  • David Perry, Senior Analyst, Canadian Global Affairs Institute (As an Individual)
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM
  • Tim Hopkins, Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement Directorate (United Kingdom Charities Commission)
  • Michelle Russell, Director, Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement (United Kingdom Charities Commission)
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:03 AM
  • Petra Andersson-Charest, Director of Programs (Parliamentary Centre)
  • Brigadier General (Ret'd) Richard Giguère, President (Institut militaire de Québec)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Healey, Commandant, Peace Support Training Centre (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Major-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Paul LaRose-Edwards, Executive Director (CANADEM)
  • Commodore Brian Santarpia, Director General, Plans, Strategic Joint Staff (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret'd) John Selkirk, Executive Director (Reserves 2000)
  • General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross, Commander, Military Personnel Command (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • Major General (Ret'd) Richard Blanchette, Chairman, Defence and Security Committee (Royal Canadian Legion)
  • Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Louis Cuppens, Special Advisor (Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association)
  • Michael Ferguson, Auditor General of Canada (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Charls Gendron, Secretary, Defence and Security Committee (Royal Canadian Legion)
  • Her Excellency Anne Kari Hansen Ovind, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway (Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa)
  • Major (Ret'd) Wayne Mac Culloch, National President (Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping)
  • Major General (Ret'd) Lewis Mackenzie (As an Individual)
  • Carolyn McAskie, Former Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Burundi (ONUB) (As an Individual)
  • Kwezi Mngqibisa, Coordinator and Consultant, Somalia Initiative (The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD))
  • Gordon Stock, Principal (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Gary Walbourne, Ombudsman (Office of the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces)
Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • David Bercuson, Director, Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary (As an Individual)
  • Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Charles Bouchard (As an Individual)
  • Jane Boulden, Associate Dean of Arts, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • James A. Boutilier, Adjunct Professor, Pacific Studies, University of Victoria (As an Individual)
  • Lieutenant-General (Retired) the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, former senator (As an Individual)
  • Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) D. Michael Day, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute (As an Individual)
  • Walter Dorn, Professor and Chair, Master of Defence Studies Programme, Royal Military College of Canada and Canadian Forces College (As an Individual)
  • Navy Captain (Ret’d) Harry Harsch, Vice President, Maritime Affairs (Navy League of Canada)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) David Last, Associate Professor, Royal Military College (As an Individual)
  • Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Drew Robertson (Naval Association of Canada)
Monday, June 20, 2016 at 10:02 AM
  • Tony Battista, CEO (Conference of Defence Associations)
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Michael P. Cessford (As an Individual)
  • Brigadier-General (Ret’d) Jim Cox (As an Individual)
  • Vice-Admiral (Ret'd) Glenn Davidson, Former Ambassador of Canada to Syria and Afghanistan (As an Individual)
  • Colonel (Ret’d) Charles Davies (As an Individual)
  • Major-General (Ret'd) James R. Ferron, Vice-President, Capability Development, Carillon Canada Inc. (As an Individual)
  • Major General (Ret’d) Daniel Gosselin, Chair of the Board (Conference of Defence Associations Institute)
  • Colin Robertson, Vice-President and Fellow of Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary (Canadian Global Affairs Institute)
  • Dan Ross, Former Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel), National Defence (As an Individual)
  • Vice-Admiral (Ret'd) Denis Rouleau, Chair (Conference of Defence Associations)
  • H.E. Per Sjögren, Ambassador (Embassy of Sweden to Canada)
  • Elinor Sloan, Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, Carleton University (As an Individual)
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)
Monday, May 30, 2016 at 1:03 PM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Defence (National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Mark Gwozdecky, Assistant Deputy Minister (Political Director), International Security and Political Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Hervé Ladsous, Head of Department (United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations)
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Orders of Reference

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