Liberals table bill to remodel national security services

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OTTAWA—New legislation has been introduced in the House of Commons that would create a watchdog to oversee the full array of federal intelligence services.

The measure is part of a package of national security changes being tabled by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the new expert review body would keep an eye on intelligence services across government.

During the last election campaign, the Liberals promised to repeal some elements of the omnibus security legislation that was brought in by the Conservatives after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in 2014.

The Liberal bill comes as MPs prepare to head to their ridings for the summer, which means the legislation is unlikely to face serious debate until the fall.

The Liberals say the goal of the extensive package is to strike a balance between keeping Canadians safe while respecting their rights and freedoms.