BCCLA Supplementary Submission to the Arar Commission Policy Review

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) favours the creation of a National Security Review Committee and an Office of the Civil Liberties Ombudsman. We have outlined in detail our proposals for these agencies in our brief to the Honourable Justice Dennis O‟Connor, Commissioner, Arar Inquiry in March of 2005.

In addition to the policy reasons for a single agency model, or perhaps because these reasons are compelling, this model is preferred by a great number of organizations making submissions to the Arar Commission. Finally, we note that the international experts invited by the Commission to discuss this issue as part of a roundtable overwhelmingly urged a functional model of review rather than review according to specific agencies.