Summary of the Special Meeting of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG) – August 30, 2021

Held via Videoconference

Members Present:

Members Absent:

Meeting Theme:

Discussion with the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Invited Guest and Speaker:

National Security Community Members Present (as observers):

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis of Canada (FINTRAC), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Public Safety Canada (PS), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS).


Meeting Summary:

The virtual special meeting of the NS-TAG took place on August 30, 2021 and welcomed Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Transparency Secretariat and the NS-TAG welcomed two new members, Jillian Stirk and Daniel Jean. The Group also elected Thomas Juneau as the non-governmental co-chair for year three. The Transparency Secretariat briefly updated members on possible timing for the release of the Group's second report, the National Security Strategic Overview, the community stocktaking exercise, as well as changes in roles within the Secretariat. The NS-TAG discussed forward planning, including guests from civil society and heads of agencies they would like to hear from, and the themes and dates of upcoming meetings. The Group also suggested to start membership transition in spring 2022 as the terms of seven NS-TAG members end summer 2022.

Guest speaker Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the RCMP, provided introductory remarks and responded to questions covering a number of topics including: transparency and accountability initiatives and milestones, community outreach and engagement, oversight and review agencies, and efforts to update national security training. She was accompanied by Nadine Huggins, the RCMP's Associate Chief Human Resources Officer.

Introductory Remarks by Guest Speaker, RCMP Commissioner Lucki:

Key Takeaways of the Question and Answer Session with Commissioner Lucki:

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