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IPD Senior Fellow Ann Fitz-Gerald co-authored an op-ed for iPolitics on the parliamentary standstill over the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians due to controversy over an order from the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations.
The following are excerpts from the original piece published on January 26, 2022.
Parliamentarians of all political stripes in both chambers have an important role to play in ensuring Canada has the laws, resources, capabilities and policies to meet this new environment. This requires efforts to find common ground among different political parties, in the national interest and to ensure that national security does not become a contested arena for political gain or lend itself to over-heated conspiracy theories. While politics cannot be taken out of this equation, scandal seeking and grandstanding hopefully can.
Ann Fitz-Gerald is the Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy.