FEDERAL BILL

Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters

FEDERAL BILL - AMENDS MULTIPLE STATUTES

Royal Assent
June 21, 2019


RECOMMENDATION His Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act respecting national security matters”. SUMMARY Part 1 enacts the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency Act, which establishes the Nationa... (Click for more)


Published on June 21, 2019

Bill Summary

Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters

RECOMMENDATION


His Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act respecting national security matters”.







SUMMARY







Part 1 enacts the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency Act, which establishes the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency and sets out its composition, mandate and powers. It repeals the provisions of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act establishing the Security Intelligence Review Committee and amends that Act and other Acts in order to transfer certain powers, duties and functions to the new Agency. It also makes related and consequential amendments to other Acts.








Part 1.‍1 enacts the Avoiding Complicity in Mistreatment by Foreign Entities Act to authorize the issuance of directions respecting the disclosure of and request for information that would result in a substantial risk of mistreatment of an individual by a foreign entity and the use of information that is likely to have been obtained as the result of mistreatment of an individual by a foreign entity.








Part 2 enacts the Intelligence Commissioner Act, which provides that the duties and functions of the Intelligence Commissioner are to review the conclusions on the basis of which certain authorizations are issued or amended, and determinations are made, under the Communications Security Establishment Act and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and to approve those authorizations, amendments and determinations if those conclusions are reasonable. This Part also abolishes the position of the Commissioner of the Communications Security Establishment, provides for that Commissioner to become the Intelligence Commissioner, transfers the employees of the former Commissioner to the office of the new Commissioner and makes related and consequential amendments to other Acts.








Part 3 enacts the Communications Security Establishment Act, which establishes the Communications Security Establishment and, among other things, sets out the Establishment’s mandate as well as the regime for authorizing its activities. It also amends the National Defence Act and makes consequential amendments to other Acts.








Part 4 amends the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act to


(a) add a preamble to that Act and provide a mechanism to enhance the accountability of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service;



(b) add new limits on the exercise of the Service’s power to reduce threats to the security of Canada including, in particular, by setting out a list of measures that may be authorized by the Federal Court;



(c) provide a justification, subject to certain limitations, for the commission of acts or omissions that would otherwise constitute offences;



(d) exempt employees of the Service and persons acting under their direction from liability for offences related to acts committed for the sole purpose of establishing or maintaining a covert identity;



(e) create a regime for the Service to collect, retain, query and exploit datasets in the course of performing its duties and functions;



(f) make amendments to the warrant regime that are related to datasets; and



(g) implement measures for the management of datasets.










Part 5 amends the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act to, among other things,


(a) emphasize that the Act addresses only the disclosure of information and not its collection or use;



(b) clarify the definition of “activity that undermines the security of Canada”;



(c) clarify that advocacy, protest, dissent and artistic expression are not activities that undermine the security of Canada unless they are carried on in conjunction with an activity that undermines the security of Canada;



(d) provide that a disclosure of information is authorized only if the disclosure will contribute to the carrying out by the recipient institution of its national security responsibilities and will not affect any person’s privacy interest more than reasonably necessary;



(e) require that information disclosed be accompanied by information about the accuracy of the disclosed information and the reliability of the manner in which it was obtained; and



(f) require that records be prepared and kept in respect of every disclosure of information and that every year a copy of every record prepared in the preceding year be provided to the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.










Part 6 amends the Secure Air Travel Act to authorize the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to collect from air carriers and operators of aviation reservation systems, for the purpose of identifying listed persons, information about any individuals who are on board or expected to be on board an aircraft for any flight prescribed by regulation, and to exempt an air carrier from providing that information, or from the application of any provision of the regulations, in certain circumstances. It amends the Act to authorize that Minister to collect personal information from individuals for the purpose of issuing a unique identifier to them to assist with pre-flight verification of their identity. It also reverses the rule in relation to a deemed decision on an application for administrative recourse. Finally, it amends the Act to provide for certain other measures related to the collection, disclosure and destruction of information.








Part 7 amends the Criminal Code to, among other things,


(a) make certain procedural modifications to the terrorist listing regime under section 83.‍05, such as providing for a staggered ministerial review of listed entities and granting the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness the authority to amend the names, including aliases, of listed entities;



(b) change the offence of advocating or promoting terrorism offences in general, in section 83.‍21, to one of counselling the commission of a terrorism offence, and make corresponding changes to the definition of terrorist propaganda;



(c) raise one of the thresholds for imposing a recognizance with conditions under section 83.‍3, and amend when that section is to be reviewed and, unless extended by Parliament, to cease to have effect;



(d) repeal sections 83.‍28 and 83.‍29 relating to an investigative hearing into a terrorism offence and repeal subsections 83.‍31(1) and (1.‍1), which require annual reports on such hearings;



(e) require the Attorney General of Canada to publish a report each year setting out the number of terrorism recognizances entered into under section 810.‍011 in the previous year; and



(f) authorize a court, in proceedings for recognizances under any of sections 83 and 810 to 810.‍2, to make orders for the protection of witnesses.









Part 8 amends the Youth Criminal Justice Act to, among other things, ensure that the protections that are afforded to young persons apply in respect of proceedings in relation to recognizance orders, including those related to terrorism, and give employees of a department or agency of the Government of Canada access to youth records, for the purpose of administering the Canadian Passport Order.








Part 9 requires that a comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of this enactment take place during the fourth year after section 168 of this enactment comes into force. If that section 168 and section 34 of Bill C-22, introduced in the 1st session of the 42nd Parliament and entitled the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act, come into force within one year of each other, the reviews required by those sections are to take place at the same time and are to be undertaken by the same committee or committees.

This Bill Amends The Following Statutes

  1. Access to Information Act R.S.C., 1985, c. A-1

  2. Canada Evidence Act R.S.C., 1985, c. C-5

  3. Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act R.S.C., 1985, c. C-23

  4. Citizenship Act R.S.C., 1985, c. C-29

  5. Financial Administration Act R.S.C., 1985, c. F-11

  6. Canadian Human Rights Act R.S.C., 1985, c. H-6

  7. Security of Information Act R.S.C., 1985, c. O-5

  8. Privacy Act R.S.C., 1985, c. P-21

  9. Public Service Superannuation Act R.S.C., 1985, c. P-36

  10. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act R.S.C., 1985, c. R-10

  11. Public Sector Compensation Act S.C. 1991, c. 30

  12. Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act S.C. 2000, c. 17

  13. National Defence Act R.S.C., 1985, c. N-5

  14. Security of Canada Information Sharing Act S.C. 2015, c. 20, s. 2

  15. Excise Tax Act R.S.C., 1985, c. E-15

  16. Department of Fisheries and Oceans Act R.S.C., 1985, c. F-15

  17. Customs Act R.S.C., 1985, c. 1 (2nd Supp.)

  18. Income Tax Act R.S.C., 1985, c. 1 (5th Supp.)

  19. Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act S.C. 1995, c. 25

  20. Excise Act, 2001 S.C. 2002, c. 22

  21. Secure Air Travel Act S.C. 2015, c. 20, s. 11

  22. Criminal Code R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46

  23. Corrections and Conditional Release Act S.C. 1992, c. 20

  24. Youth Criminal Justice Act S.C. 2002, c. 1

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