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Canada New security committee to look at Atwal case

04:58  10 april  2018
04:58  10 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

PM's security adviser to give India briefing

  PM's security adviser to give India briefing OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau's national security adviser is offering to give an unclassified briefing to MPs on a Commons committee about the prime minister's trip to India, in addition to a more in-depth classified briefing to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Scheer agreed Tuesday to the government's offer of a classified briefing from Daniel Jean — but with strings attached. He said he wants journalists and Conservative MPs to be able to sit in on the non-secret portions of Jean's briefing.

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale suggested the new national security committee of parliamentarians might be the best venue to explore the Atwal affair. Not everyone agrees.

The new national security committee of parliamentarians is conducting a special review of the Jaspal Atwal affair that has dogged the Liberal government since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's ill-fated trip to India in February.

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OTTAWA - The new national security committee of parliamentarians is conducting a special review of the Jaspal Atwal affair that has dogged the Liberal government since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's ill-fated trip to India in February.

The committee of MPs and senators will go behind closed doors to examine allegations relating to foreign interference in Canadian politics, risks to the prime minister's security and inappropriate use of intelligence.

In a statement, the committee, which has access to classified materials, says the issues could have important implications for Canada's national security and sovereignty.

Andrew Scheer Accepts Liberal Offer Of Security Briefing On Jaspal Atwal Affair

  Andrew Scheer Accepts Liberal Offer Of Security Briefing On Jaspal Atwal Affair Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has accepted the Liberal government's offer of a briefing on the Jaspal Atwal affair, but he has some conditions. In a statement released Tuesday, Scheer said he told the government that he will invite members of his caucus and the media to attend the portion of the briefing dealing with non-classified information.If the briefing moves to classified details, Scheer said only Tory MPs who are, like him, members of the Queen's Privy Council, will stay in the room for a separate briefing.

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OTTAWA — The Liberals continued Thursday to work furiously to manage the fallout of the Jaspal Atwal affair, blocking attempts to have senior security officials testify in front of a parliamentary committee about how a would-be assassin ended up on Canada’s guest list to a dinner in India.

Trudeau was embarrassed during the trip when it was revealed that Atwal, a B.C. Sikh convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian minister in 1986, had been invited to two events with the prime minister.

He was photographed with Trudeau's wife and at least one cabinet minister during an event in Mumbai; an invitation to a second event was rescinded after news broke of Atwal's presence.

Trudeau's national security adviser, Daniel Jean, suggested during a background briefing that factions in the Indian government had sabotaged Trudeau's trip.

Jean advanced the theory that rogue factions in the Indian government arranged for Atwal's presence in a bid to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from becoming too cosy with a foreign government they believe is sympathetic to extremist Sikh separatists.

Judge in 'drunk can consent' sex-assault case cleared of misconduct

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Clarifications. This story has been updated from an earlier version that said Jaspal Atwal was convicted in an automobile fraud case . Will new security committee look into Atwal affair? So far, it's a secret. Opinion.

READ MORE: Goodale mum on Jaspal Atwal affair, says new all-party security committee could examine further. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said after those attempts were defeated that the new National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians could study the issue if it

Initially, Jean's briefing was attributed only to a senior government official but the Conservatives soon outed Jean as the official in question. They have been demanding ever since that he give the same briefing to MPs.

The Liberal government initially rejected that demand, offering up only a classified briefing to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

However, last week Jean offered to testify openly before the House of Commons public safety committee, in addition to giving a classified briefing to Scheer.

The national security committee of parliamentarians will provide its own special report by the end of May to the prime minister and the ministers of foreign affairs and public safety, and an unclassified version of the report must be tabled in both the House of Commons and Senate.

The Liberal government passed legislation last year to create the new committee as a forum where politicians with the highest level of security clearance can hear secret testimony.

Long-buried watchdog report found CSIS flaws .
OTTAWA - Newly disclosed documents show a top secret federal report — kept under wraps for over a decade — criticized Canada's spy agency for shortcomings as its members increasingly travelled overseas to interrogate people in foreign prisons in the name of fighting terrorism. The report warned that new practices were needed because Canadians held abroad had little recourse if tortured by a foreign government. As a result, when Canadian Security Intelligence Service officers showed up at a detainee's cell door in another country, it could "place undue pressure" on the prisoner to take part in an interview with the spy service.

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