Every major Western power has a foreign intelligence service that collects information on the intents and capabilities of foreign states. Except Canada.
A court has put the brakes on a Canadian Security Intelligence Service request to collect foreign information, ruling a proposed technique would stray beyond the spy service’s legal mandate. The service was seeking court warrants so it could gather intelligence in other countries, from a location inside Canada, to at the request of an unnamed federal minister.
We do allow CSIS to collect Foreign Intelligence as it is called, but in a very constrained way – why? In this Quick Hits episode, Borealis looks at a recent court ruling and comments on this silliness.