Friday, April 27, 2012

CSIS oversight and accountability to be slashed to save $1M

One of the arguments made in favour of Bill C-30 by the government when it was introduced was that it had accountability: Internal audits and a veneer of oversight by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Accountability is key.

Now, it is being reported that the federal government is eliminating the position of Inspector General of the Canadian Security Intelligence Services. (See: CSIS watchdog to be cut in budget - Politics - CBC News). It's hard to believe that the government is committed to oversight and accountability in the use of incredibly intrusive powers when steps such as these are taken.

What's worse is that it is being done for fiscal reasons and will only save $1,000,000. If you ask me, that's a million dollars well spent.

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