Canada’s anti-terror fight could be hit by lack of finances

OTTAWA, March 11 (Reuters) – A lack of resources could threaten Canada’s efforts to combat terror attacks at a time when the government is talking up the threat of jihadist violence, say top current and former security officials.

The right-leaning Conservative government wants legislators to pass a bill that would for the first time allow the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) spy agency to interrupt suspects’ travel plans and communications.

Yet Ottawa has given little sign it will boost the agency’s budget at a time when the anti-terror fight is under strain.

Canadian police on Wednesday said a man on a watch list of people suspected of wanting to fight for militant groups abroad had left the country illegally.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson told legislators last week he had transferred 600 officers from organized crime, drug and financial integrity files to the counter-terrorism beat.

“I just don’t think it’s sustainable to maintain our programs in other areas (from which) we are drawing resources … to address this threat,” he said.

Initial spending estimates released this month showed the government, determined to balance the budget in the run-up to an October election, planned to slightly trim the RCMP’s budget and give CSIS a little more money in 2015/16.

By contrast, Australia said last August it would add $632 million ($479 million) in counter-terrorism funding for four years.

  • Doug Kursk

    C’mon..we give millions in aid to China and Pakistan as well as a host of other undeserving cesspools. A few mil off the budgets of Indian Affairs or the CBC should do the trick.

  • mauser 98

    betcha lots of money available for gay,lesbian,transaxle recruitment programs

    “Funding for 54 LGBTQ beds included in this year’s proposed budget, at a cost of $600,000.”

  • cmh

    There is a very simple solution to this. The Ministry of Multiculturalism has plenty of money that could be used. Shut down the farce Ministry of Multiculturalism.

  • Simple! Get straight to the problem.

    Put Islamic theology under a microscope. Call Islamic hatred what it is. Make it illegal.

    Stop PC Canadian social suicide.

  • WalterBannon

    Our anti-terror costs could be dramatically reduced by deporting every single muslim

  • P_F

    Stop the invading army in their steps, stop mohammedan immigration.
    Start repatriating mohammedans with no appeals in our corrupt courts.
    Ban all mosques, islamic centers & schools.
    Problem solved with least money spent, all is needed a strong will & love for your country.

  • Harper can’t play things for cheap. If he is serious, money has to be spent.