OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will delve into the legalities of overseas spying by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
The federal government had urged the high court to hear the case, arguing that guidance was needed on the issue even though the Conservatives had introduced legislation to clarify foreign intelligence-gathering powers.
In its arguments, the government said recently tabled legislation didn’t overtake the high-profile issue of whether CSIS needed a warrant to seek allied help in spying on Canadians abroad.
It said CSIS was left in the dark as to when a judge’s approval is needed to monitor suspected Canadian extremists in other countries.
Federal lawyers also said lower courts made significant errors in dealing with the sensitive matter.
As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for agreeing to examine the matter.