Safety: differences between Canada and France

rassemblement-solidarite-avec-france-eteThe jihadist militancy level which is found in France and in other parts of Western Europe are not just in Canada, making sure that the types of attacks that devastated Paris are less likely , according to security experts.

In France and Belgium, there are thousands of people who, without being terrorists sympathize with the ideology espoused by radicals such as the Armed Islamic Group State said Phil Gurski, a former analyst with the Canadian Intelligence Service Security, specializing in the fight against radicalization.

Last year, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a guard of honor at the National War Memorial, before entering Parliament. Zehaf-Bibeau was quickly shot down.

Two days earlier, Martin Couture Rouleau had caught mortally Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent with his car in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. After a pursuit, the police had shot.

Although Canada was hit by solitary wolf attacks motivated by jihad, there was no coordinated attacks on multiple targets such as those of Paris, which killed 129 people and wounded several others .

Canada leads much less terrorism investigations that some European nations, and a relatively low number of Canadians – 45 to 60 – have taken the path of Iraq and Syria to fight, according to experts.

“Canadian terrorists have not demonstrated that they were able to conduct a coordinated attack,” said Jez Littlewood of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Canada has generally been seen as a less attractive target for extremists.

“Things are better here. I can not imagine a scenario where Canada would suffer it, explained Gurski. I really can not. And I’m not sure why, but what we do here, we do it the right way for the most part. ”

Mr Littlewood believes that Canada’s political speech, which avoided the “openly hostile” messages towards immigrants and refugees like those of the French right, is the reason.

“No Western democracy is perfect in this story. I do not think anyone can say that, “Mr Littlewood advanced.

But he quickly added that Canada “appeared to fare better” than France to provide newcomers an identity and a sense of belonging.

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