National security bill to boost federal border agency accountability

A Canada Border Services Agency badge is seen in this undated file photo. – Image courtesy of CTV News

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, June 15, 2017 

OTTAWA — The Liberal government plans to introduce wide-ranging national security legislation next week that will include more robust oversight of Canada’s border agency.

In addition to new eyes looking over the shoulder of the Canada Border Services Agency, the package will propose changes to ensure existing security watchdogs can exchange information and collaborate more easily on reviews, The Canadian Press has learned.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently said his government has a responsibility to give security agencies the tools they need to keep Canadians safe, while preserving the rights and freedoms people cherish.

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