Canada to give security agencies new ‘tools’ to track terror suspects

The federal government is poised to make it easier to track and arrest potential terrorists, amid reports that a man who appears on an ISIL propaganda video could have Canadian roots.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday the government is planning to give police and national security agencies “additional tools” that would make it easier to monitor threats, as well as charge and prosecute people planning to carry out attacks on Canadian soil.

Harper was short on details on the proposal first referenced in his speech to the House of Commons last week where he urged Canada to join airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq. Government officials wouldn’t say Thursday when Canadians would have a look at the measures Harper alluded to.