The former head of Canada’s spy agency is bringing those skills to a new role in the government: national security adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Richard Fadden was the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service from 2009 to 2013 before being named deputy minister of National Defence, the top civil service role in the department, in May, 2013.
Fadden raised controversy in 2010 after telling CBC News that some provincial politicians had “developed quite an attachment to foreign countries.”
“There are several municipal politicians in British Columbia and in at least two provinces there are ministers of the Crown who we think are under at least the general influence of a foreign government,” Fadden said in the exclusive interview. He had previously named China as an aggressive recruiter in Canada.