In A Dangerous World, Canadians Must Shed Our Naivety


If we can’t defend ourselves, can’t defend our interests, and can’t meaningfully help our allies, how can we expect to be worthy or capable of success? It’s probably safe to say Canada is among the most – if not the most – naïve country in the world. And here’s just one example. In a story about how China is increasingly seeking to intimidate people on Canadian soil, it was noted how Canada doesn’t have laws against it: “Callers can also sometimes find their tip passed along to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). But while there’s multiple national security agencies available to help, Wong said very few can actually do anything to stop the intimidation. This is because Canada doesn’t have laws against “clandestine foreign influence,” according to Stephanie Carvin, a Carleton University professor and former CSIS analyst. Clandestine foreign influence refers to secretive efforts by a foreign government to influence policy or action abroad — in layman’s terms, spy missions.” When I read that the first time, I was taken aback. I had to read it again. But yes, it’s correct. Canada doesn’t have a law protecting Canadians from foreign spy missions.

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