Administrative Review into the Security Incident

July 31, 2008

The Honourable David L. Emerson, P.C, M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G2

Dear Minister,

I am writing to convey to you the Final Report on the Administrative Review Into the Security Incident Reported by Maxime Bernier - Classified Documents Left At A Private Residence.

The administrative review was conducted under the authority of the Departmental Security Officer, with the assistance of a private security firm under contract, BMCI Investigations and Security Ltd. Departmental officials worked closely with the Director of Security Operations, Privy Council Office.

The report includes a summary of the chief findings of the investigation carried out by BMCI Investigations and Security Ltd., an assessment of injury to the national interest based on an examination of the classified documents left unattended, and a set of recommended measures to be undertaken by the Department and Ministers' offices. A summary of the proposed responses to these recommendations is attached.


Leonard J. Edwards