Top spy warns of more threats to Canada

“Toronto is a hotbed of activity” 

Toronto Sun

Cassandra Drudi, QMI Agency – July 10th, 2010

TORONTO – Canada faces threats from “unfriendly countries” and terrorist groups looking to get weapons of mass destruction and Toronto is a hotbed of activity, the country’s spy director warns.

In audio clips obtained by CTV, Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s chief Richard Fadden said the danger posed by “unfriendly countries or terrorist entities that seek to acquire or produce weapons of mass destruction” is a “key threat” in Canada.

Canada,” the CSIS director is heard saying. “There are a lot of people who are very, very active in this area to try and acquire technology.”

Fadden caused controversy last month when he told CBC cabinet ministers in at least two provinces and some municipal politicians in B.C. were being influenced foreign governments, including China.

Under questioning by Members of Parliament this week, Fadden refused to name the politicians in question.

The Bloc Quebecois and the NDP have called for his resignation.

Although the spymaster apologized for the way the comments came out, he told a Commons committee he “see(s) no reason to step down.”

Fadden promised to deliver a report detailing his concerns about foreign influence to the federal government in the coming weeks.

CSIS spokeswoman Isabelle Scott refused to elaborate on Fadden’s latest musings Friday.

“The Director’s committee appearance Monday is all that we are able to state on the issue of foreign interference,” she said.

With files from Althia Raj

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