Mr. Speaker, once again, it is difficult to square that answer with the budget cuts to CSIS and the RCMP.
There are new reports today that the Communications Security Establishment is collecting millions of emails from Canadians to government agencies and storing associated metadata for months or even years. Yet, only four emails a day are considered serious threats.
Open-ended surveillance and maintenance of these records is concerning for Canadians, especially given the weak oversight of security agencies like the Communications Security Establishment.
Could the minister explain why this data is being held for so long?