Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security Meeting Summary - Inaugural Meeting - Laying the foundation

March 7-8, 2005, Ottawa, Ontario

Participants: The Minister of Public Safety, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of State for Multiculturalism, the Deputy Ministers of Public Safety, Justice, and Canadian Heritage, the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Agency Heads for CSIS and the RCMP, the Executive Vice-President of CBSA, and many senior government officials from Departments and Agencies participated in the dialogue with the members.

Issues of discussion: Members raised concerns regarding security certificates, racial profiling, quality of training of police and intelligence officers, economic impact of security measures on newcomers to Canada, and the manner of conducting interviews by officials of the security agencies. These issues would be the subject of more in-depth discussions with senior government officials and Ministers in other meetings.

Outcomes: Participants came away with an enhanced understanding of the National Security Policy, the security threat environment for Canada, the expectations, role and responsibilities of the Roundtable, and the priorities for future meetings.

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