An Act to amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act (duty of candour)


Salma Zahid  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Outside the Order of Precedence (a private member's bill that hasn't yet won the draw that determines which private member's bills can be debated), as of May 2, 2023

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This enactment amends the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act to provide that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service shall report on breaches of its duty of candour to the courts. It also amends the oath of office taken by the Director and employees to include a solemn promise to fulfill that duty.


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Canadian Security Intelligence Service ActRoutine Proceedings

May 2nd, 2023 / 10 a.m.
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Salma Zahid Liberal Scarborough Centre, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-331, An Act to amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act (duty of candour).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to table my private member's bill, Bill C-331, an act to amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act on duty of candour. It is the result of widespread public consultations across Canada, including with racialized Canadians, who are more likely to have negative interactions with security officials.

The bill seeks to amend the CSIS Act in the following ways: by including information about the number of breaches of the duty of candour in the annual classified report by the CSIS director to the Minister of Public Safety and the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency, along with a brief description of each and any remedial action; by requiring that the same information be tabled annually in the House by the minister in an unclassified form; and by amending the oath of office sworn by CSIS officials to include a duty of candour oath to the courts.

Our security agencies cannot be effective without the confidence of Canadians, and they have a lot of work to do to earn their trust. Trust needs transparency, and this bill is an important step to bringing transparency to our security agencies.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)