Former justice Marie Deschamps named to panel overseeing spy agencies

Former justice Marie Deschamps named to panel overseeing spy agencies

OTTAWA — A former Supreme Court justice has been named to a panel overseeing the country’s security agencies.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Marie Deschamps will become a member of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.

Her appointment takes effect at the end of September.

Deschamps served on the Supreme Court for a decade in a long legal career, retiring from the judiciary in August 2012.

Since then, she has conducted a high-profile review of sexual assault and misconduct in the Canadian military, done similar work for the United Nations and chaired a panel advising the government on medically-assisted death.

In her new role, Deschamps will be part of a group tasked with ensuring that more than a dozen federal bodies that have national-security responsibilities are complying with the law.

Among the agencies are the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS; the Communications Security Establishment, charged with protecting cyber systems; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Global Affairs Canada and the Justice Department.

Outgoing New Democrat MP Murray Rankin was named chairman of the new super-agency in July after the legislation to create the body received royal assent in late June.

The body is required to provide the prime minister with an annual report.

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