Legislative priority watch
According to the report, "[former] Commissioner Gonthier was informed by the Minister of National Defence that clarification of ambiguities and other amendments to the [National Defence Act] are a legislative priority."
The commissioner's report was released just over six months ago. In September, when I last wrote about this issue, I noted that "'legislative priority' though the issue may be, none of the 46 bills introduced by the government so far in this session addresses the Commissioners' concerns."
Make that 60 bills and counting.
The office of CSE Commissioner was created to provide a means of assuring Canadians that CSE's potentially highly intrusive powers are under effective legal constraints. This dispute, which cuts to the core of that mandate, has now remained unresolved for at least six years (and possibly as much as nine years).
That is 40% (or more) of the entire existence of the office of CSE Commissioner.