Summary Report of the Meeting of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG) July 10, 2020

Held via Videoconference

Members Present:

Members Absent:

Meeting Theme:

"National Security and Human Rights: How do Canadians' Individual Rights Factor into Related Transparency Initiatives?".

Invited Guests and Speakers:

Carmen Cheung – Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability

Yavar Hameed – Barrister & Solicitor, Hameed Law

National Security Community Members Present (as observers):

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC), Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Public Safety Canada (PS), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).


  1. Opening of the Meeting and Roll Call
  2. Discussion Session with Guests: National Security and Human Rights: How do Canadians' individual Rights Factor Into Related Transparency Initiatives?
  3. Internal Discussion on Producing the First Report
  4. Date of the Next Meeting and Closing of the Meeting

Meeting Summary:

The second virtual NS-TAG meeting took place on July 10, 2020 with the theme, "National Security and Human Rights: How do Canadians' individual Rights Factor Into Related Transparency Initiatives?" During the first session of the meeting, members of the NS-TAG and two guest speakers discussed the following topics: the connection between transparency and accountability; interactions between the Canadian public and national security institutions; bias, diversity and inclusion in national security; information sharing; and engaging with the public and communities. During the second session, the NS-TAG discussed the way forward for preparing their first report, with a plan to complete the report by fall 2020. The Group discussed key points and issues to be included and focused on how best to approach a "What We Heard" section, as well as the extent of background information to provide. The non-government co-chair committed to circulating a revised outline prior to the next meeting, within the following weeks.

Key Takeaways of the Discussion Session with Guests:

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