Canada’s National Security Advisor Still Suspects Canadian Politicians Are Under Foreign Influence

Canada has a spy problem, according to the country’s top national security advisor. And it’s not going away.

Richard Fadden, a senior advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, suspects foreign governments are buying influence with the country’s politicians for nefarious purposes. And he’s hoping to fix the problem.

The question about espionage in Canada’s halls of power came up while Fadden was testifying before a parliamentary committee on Monday. Senator Lynn Beyak wondered whether there’s reason to be concerned over “foreign governments and other interests targeting prominent Canadian politicians,” asking Fadden: “is it worse today because of the radicalization and the terror threat?”

It turns out, Fadden is concerned.

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