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Terrorism: Canadian Style Eh!

The “Freedom Convoy” in Ottawa have made international headlines and even spawned similar actions abroad. Some have called it “terrorism”. Is it really?

The events in Canada over the last few weeks have made international headlines and even spawned similar actions abroad (France, NZ, the Netherlands). What is it all about?

Borealis weighs in on language, intelligence and a little discussed troubling event in Western Canada that could be actual terrorism.

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Gurski: The ‘truck convoy’ is many things but it is not terrorism

Some hangers-on in this protest include hateful white supremacists, racists and others whose views are not part of the Canadian mainstream. But let’s be clear about how we label them.

Even if Ottawa is inured to protests, demonstrations and sundry groups demanding this and that, the recent gridlock pursuant to the “truckers’ convoy” may be unique in terms of its size and duration. Not to mention the rhetoric it has spawned.

CBC bias on full display in coverage of Freedom Convoy, Coastal GasLink protests

I staged a personal boycott of the Beijing Olympics, resolving not to watch any coverage, in solidarity with the Uyghurs interned in prison camps and Catholic leaders imprisoned in Hong Kong. It turned out that was not hard to do, as CBC was the Canadian broadcaster, and almost nobody under 60 ever watches it.

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.

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