Spy watchdog owns TransCanada shares while investigating complaints of CSIS spying on activists
Security Intelligence Review Committee member Yves Fortier said in addition to being a former TransCanada board member, he also -- to his knowledge -- still has shares in the company. Fortier is one of three SIRC members assigned to review the federal government's alleged monitoring of anti-pipeline critics.
Canada's national spy agency, CSIS, has been under scrutiny over the past year since documents revealed that it was monitoring critics of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. Ottawa recently admitted it was tracking hundreds of protests and university lectures across the country, especially concerning First Nations and environmental activism.
Although SIRC's role is to supervise CSIS, critics have raised questions about the perceived conflict of interest and potential for bias due to members' past work with the oil industry.