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Yes, Canada needs a foreign intelligence service, but does it want one?

Quick Hits 169 – Phil Gurski explains why Canada needs a foreign intelligence devoted to HUMINT.

Canada is an outlier in the Western world in not having a separate foreign intelligence devoted to HUMINT.  The conversation sometimes comes up that maybe we should create one – but where and how?  Borealis looks at what Canada should do in this regard.

Every major Western power has a foreign intelligence service that collects information on the intents and capabilities of foreign states. Except Canada.  We do allow CSIS to collect FI as it is called, but in a very constrained way – why?

Read mentioned article: I, spy: Does Canada need a foreign intelligence service?

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of five books on terrorism.

2 replies on “Yes, Canada needs a foreign intelligence service, but does it want one?”

Phil, There a bunch of people who think they want one. The real question is whether we are mature enough as a country to actually support one. The answer in my view is no. Continuing with a service that does both with respect to threats to the security of Canada is the best result. Ward Elcock

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