04/22/2013 06:20 EDT | Updated 06/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Deborah Grey CSIS Committee: Former Reform-Alliance MP Appointed To Security Review Panel

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed a former Reform MP to a committee that reviews the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

The prime minister announced Monday that effective immediately, Deborah Grey, who was the first member of the Reform Party to be elected to Parliament, is a member of the security intelligence review committee.

Grey, an Edmonton MP who's first legislative assistant and speech writer was none other than Harper himself, was an Alberta MP for more than 15 years, first as a member of the Reform party, then the Canadian Alliance.

In 2007, she was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada for public service.

Grey is currently a speaker with the National Speakers Bureau.

Established in 1984, the review committee also examines complaints by individuals or reports by ministers relating to security clearances and the national security of Canada.

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