How to grow a better intelligence culture in Canada

We use the word ‘culture’ to refer to a mindset or a shared view on things. So why does Canada lack a culture when it comes to the importance of intelligence?

The word ‘culture’ gets thrown around a lot these days. Some speak of an ‘online’ or ‘Internet’ culture which has developed over the last few decades as more and more people interact and get their (mis)information from the Web. Then there is ‘woke’ or ‘politically correct’ culture where some seek to impose their views on the greater society (with mixed results). To this we can cite ‘right wing’ and ‘left wing’ cultures and so on. Culture seems to be a microcosm of ideas that brings people together (or tears them apart).

To this list I would like to add ‘intelligence culture’. This is a mindset that understands and values the importance of intelligence in decision and policy making and supports the continued financing and resource allocation of the agencies which provide this form of information.

And it is woefully lacking in Canada.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.