— The government says it is working on a means of better monitoring Canadian intelligence agencies — more than four years after having committed to do so. Opposition parties have criticized the government for not bolstering security oversight in Bill C-51, introduced last month.
— NDP Leader Tom Mulcair accused the government of trying to limit planned committee hearings on the bill, saying it was "reckless and irresponsible to try to ram it through."
— Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the opposition was attacking the credibility of security officers working to protect the public.
— Hearings on the bill are expected to begin next month.
— The National Union of Public and General Employees, which has about 340,000 members, criticized the legislation and said the government was using it to drum up Conservative support before a federal election.
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