(Ottawa) The big bosses of Canadian security and intelligence agencies sought to be reassuring, yesterday: they have indeed the ability to make the necessary checks to protect Canadians against potential threats posed by Quick hosting 25,000 refugees by the end of the year.
“I want Canadians to know that as Director of CSIS, I am sure that the measures in place are robust and that I have every confidence that they will be appropriate,” said Michel Coulombe, Director of the Canadian Service Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).
More and more people in Canada express their concern at this reception deemed too fast and too many refugees within six weeks. The heads of CSIS, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Federal Minister of Public Security delivered a rare joint press conference to address these concerns. They provided some details about the security situation in the country in the wake of Paris bombings and their efforts to ensure security while respecting the election promise of the Liberal Party.
The details of the federal plan will be announced in the coming days, confirmed the Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale. However, he clarified that audits would be in stages.
The first of these steps is the screening of applicants or classes of applicants who do not represent a danger to Canada. Peter Showler, a specialist in refugee issues at the University of Ottawa, believes that Canada should focus on three categories: women and children, who arrived in camps before the Islamic state armed group starts making havoc in Syria and persons covered by applications for family reunification. Goodale would not engage in that direction.
“We want to find people who are vulnerable, that generate the least number of security issues and the people who have the greatest chance to adapt. ”
The second step is the interview conducted with an agent of the “government of Canada” to assess issues relating to vulnerability, but also the credibility of the applicant, his health and the threat it can pose to security of the country.
The third step involves safety checks themselves, to be conducted by CSIS, CBSA, the RCMP and other Canadian agencies and organizations. These approaches include biometric samples, as well as computer checks and databases. The President of the CBSA, Linda Lizotte-MacPherson, said in this regard that despite the delay, “the usual checks databases will be conducted for all refugees.”
“Our goal is to complete the most amount of work before newcomers succeed [the country],” said Minister Goodale. “We intend to complete the vast majority of this work by the end of the year,” he added.
Safety in Canada
Same level of security
Large security officials in Canada said yesterday that they had received information in recent days urging them to raise the level of threat to the country, despite the attacks of Paris. This level is “average” since the attacks of Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in the fall of 2014.
No connection to Canada
The investigation agencies such as the RCMP and CSIS continue in the wake of attacks in France, but they led to no track to conclude a connection to Canada. The media have raised the possibility that a person is heard in a recording of the IU be a Canadian accent. According to the RCMP Commissioner, Bob Paulson, this hypothesis remains purely ‘speculative’.
Unbalanced stopped to Parliament
The RCMP believes that a man arrested on Parliament Hill Tuesday was not a terrorist, but rather imbalanced who managed to thwart the agents to get to the outside of the central building, which is located the Peace Tower. Yasin Mohammed Ali, 56, of Toronto, has been accused of wearing a concealed weapon and will remain detained until his next court appearance on Friday.
The RCMP Commissioner, Bob Paulson, said yesterday that his organization has noted an increase of reports to its “National Security Information Network” in the last days by Canadians on the alert because of the events in France. This kind of increase is not unusual in the circumstances, noted Commissioner Paulson, and he encouraged people to remain vigilant.