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The intelligence/evidence conundrum in Canada

Evidence is crucial to a successful prosecution in court: what if the information comes from an intelligence source?

Episode 169 – the intelligence/evidence conundrum in Canada

Intelligence and evidence may sound like synonyms but they are not necessarily, at least in Canada. In fact, information that is collected by our intelligence agencies is not gathered to what is known as an ‘evidentiary’ standard and is not, and cannot, be used in a court of law. This complicates national security cases where both intelligence and law enforcement organisations both work to stop bad things from happening. Is there a better way to handle this mess and can Canada learn from the best practices of their allies in this regard?

About my guests

Gerry Normand has a long career in Canadian law, including private practice, Founding Counsel of the National Security Group at the
Department of Justice between 1993-1995, a Counsel at the Legal Services Unit of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) between 1995-2002, and Director General at the Privy Council Office, Security & Intelligence Secretariat between 2006-2007.

Al Treddenick is a former senior CSIS officer who was stationed at the Canadian embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and has more than 30 years domestic/international tactical & strategic experience in intelligence operations and criminal investigations with CSIS and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He is currently the CEO and President of ATNOH Group

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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.

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