Show Me the Money: National Security and the Budget: Part 2

For Canadian national security watchers there were a number of items in the 2019 Federal Budget that give a pretty good indication of the Liberal government’s priorities as they head into an election in just a few short months. This second of two posts on the Budget provides a description of plans relating to: RCMP management and CBSA review; Money-laundering, hate crimes and border security.

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Show Me the Money: National Security in the 2019 Federal Budget: Part 1

For Canadian national security watchers there were a number of items in the 2019 Federal Budget that give a pretty good indication of the Liberal government’s priorities as they head into an election in just a few short months. This first of two posts on the Budget provides a description of plans relating to: cybersecurity, election security and economic national security.

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Attorney General Independence: The Forgotten Basford Standard and its National Security Nexus

In February, the political class in Canada was preoccupied by “L’Affaire SNC-Lavalin” – the controversy over whether a prominent Québec company should be prosecuted for alleged overseas bribery, or instead dealt with under a Criminal Code remediation agreement. Lost in this discussion was the way Attorney General Ron Basford described the standards of attorney general independence in a 1978-1979 national security matter. This post revisits this forgotten case.

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