Is this still a democracy? http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/04/27/lawrence-martin-is-this-still-a-democracy-you-be-the-judge/ RISE UP!
CSIS oversight gone. http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/04/26/budget-bill-to-scrap-office-overseeing-csis/
Now this is an interesting one when coupled with the new eavesdropping bills, data mining of Canadians (guilt by association comes to mind as well as 'plausible deniability') We KNOW this current regime will conceal illegal acts (such as human rights violations) w/o oversight. Broadening CSIS powers is particularly worrisome now that we are involved with joint operations w/ the U.S.
From 2010 - Canada's spy service has failed to meet strict new accountability standards set by the Supreme Court, says a watchdog report obtained by The Canadian Press.
For those interested here is the United Nations report from '09 re: Human Rights & Freedoms while Fighting Terrorism. I've read portions of it and it clearly states Oversight is needed.
When unlawful conduct by intelligence agencies occurs, it may have been condoned or
even secretly directed by government officials. In this context the Special Rapporteur looks into
best practices of different oversight bodies. In section C he emphasizes that domestic State
secrecy or public interest immunity clauses cannot discard their positive obligations under
human rights law to conduct independent investigations into severe human rights violations and
provide the victims of these violations with an effective remedy.
The concluding section makes recommendations to different key actors (intelligence
agencies, domestic legislative assemblies, domestic executive powers and the United Nations) in
order to improve the accountability of intelligence agencies in the fight against terrorism.