FIRST READING: As extremism spikes, report says RCMP is lousy at dealing with extremism

In a new warning, U.K. government now says a terrorist attack is ‘very likely’ to strike Canada

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As signs point towards a likely uptick in Canada’s terrorism risk, a new report is warning that the country’s security apparatus may be uniquely unable to do anything about it.

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“Federal Policing is not and cannot function as effectively as it must to protect Canada and Canadians from the most significant national security and criminal threats,” reads a report issued this week by the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.

The report is a review of the RCMP’s performance on “federal policing.”

Unlike the RCMP’s more conventional patrol and law enforcement duties, this refers to the agency’s more high-level investigations in which it is supposed to function similar to the U.S. FBI or the U.K.’s National Crime Agency.

The thrust of the report is that the RCMP is chronically unable to switch gears from its usual mandate of routine police work, and thus has “struggled” to deal with major threats such as terrorism or organized crime. 

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Among other issues, the committee wrote that the RCMP’s track record on federal policing suffers from “weak governance and prioritization of federal activities and investigations; poor data and data management … and recruitment and training models ill-suited to its mandate.”

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Ever since the Oct. 7 massacres, Canada has seen dozens of mass rallies in its major cities organized by groups such as Samidoun or the Palestinian Youth Movement; both of whom have publicly praised the Oct. 7 massacres and called for such acts of “resistance” to continue. 

Meanwhile, the events have featured multiple recorded incidents of speakers praising terror or even seeming to call for similar attacks at home. Last month, an Ottawa rally featured speaker Mahmoud Kahlil – his face covered by a keffiyeh – pledging allegiance to Hamas and encouraging the crowd to “be the nightmare” in Canada until Israel is defeated.

And in Montreal this week there were four instances of targeted anti-Jewish violence seemingly connected to the conflict. Impromptu fire-bombs were thrown at two Jewish community buildings, and on Thursday morning two Jewish schools discovered bullet holes in their front entrances.

Canadian intelligence agencies haven’t publicly weighed in on what this all means for the country’s risk of a mass-casualty terror attack, but that’s been the sentiment across Canada’s peer countries.

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“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Canada,” reads a recently updated travel advisory for Canada prepared by the U.K. government. It added, “attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.”

Last week, FBI director Christopher Wray told a U.S. Congressional hearing that Hamas’s actions in Gaza have provided a level of terrorist inspiration on par with the wave of global terrorist attacks that accompanied ISIS’s establishment of a short-lived Islamist caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

“The ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of an attack against Americans in the United States to a whole other level,” he said.

France’s terror alert system has been at its highest level for nearly a month after a suspected Muslim extremist stabbed a teacher to death on Oct. 13. As French president Emmanuel Macron said at the time, France had been “hit once again by the barbarity of Islamist terrorism.”

Since Oct. 7, three European countries (Germany, Belgium and the U.K.) have arrested suspects on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks against Jewish or Israeli targets.

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This was several Trudeau government scandals ago, but we still don’t have any good answers as to why ArriveCan – an uncomplicated smartphone app littered with glitches – somehow cost the federal government $54.5 million. Well, in a committee hearing this week, a former director-general of the Canada Border Services Agency said that a top-level bureaucrat had lied to a Parlimentary committee about one of the most baffling contractors connected with ArriveCan – and even threatened subordinates lest they contradict him. The contractor is GCStrategies, a company with two employees and a rural house as its address that collected $11 million from the app.

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Of the Canadian academics who have emerged as vocal supporters of the Oct. 7 civilian massacres, few were quite as stark as Uahikea Maile, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto that the school has recently touted as the head of a new “colonial dispossession” research lab. His first statement, issued while the massacres were still in progress, called the murders “anticolonial resistance” and hinted they should occur in the rest of the colonized world. A month later, he’s still going. In a recent appearance on the Red Nation podcast, Maile said he expected a “feeling of jubilation” reigned among the perpetrators of the massacre. Photo by X.com

This newsletter has previously called attention to a persistent 80/20 breakdown on issues that are often framed as being controversial. On bail, the carbon tax and the current state of gender ideology in schools, polls show that about 80 per cent of Canadians are on one side (against the status quo, in those instances), while 20 per cent is on the other. It looks like the Israel-Hamas war similarly breaks down on 80/20 lines. A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute found that 78 per cent of Canadians agreed that “Israel has the right to exist and defend itself.” Nine per cent did not think Israel had the right to exist, and the rest didn’t know.

Mark Carney
Remember Mark Carney? The former governor of the Bank of Canada who then got promoted to be the Governor of the Bank of England? For years, there’s been a faction of Liberals wanting to draft him as their next leader (similar, actually, to the faction of Liberals who once upon a time drafted Michael Ignatieff as their leader). Carney hasn’t denied he would do it, but there were briefly rumours in Ottawa that he was set to swoop in the safe Liberal seat of Ottawa-Vanier currently held by Mona Fortier. But Fortier told the National Post Thursday that she’s not going anywhere. Photo by Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

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