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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. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six 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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