Canada Security Service warns against ‘extreme anti-government rhetoric’

Canada Security Service warns against ‘extreme anti-government rhetoric’

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has warned Canadian Members of Parliament (MPs) about rising levels of “anti-government” and “anti-authority” sentiment since the start of the Wuhan virus pandemic.

CSIS stated that there has been an increase in ideologically motivated violent extremism, or IMVE, in the last two years of the coronavirus pandemic, stating that there has also been an increase in threats against politicians and other public servants.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, IMVE activity has been fueled by an increase in extreme rhetoric against authority and government, often rooted in the use of weapons of conspiracy theories,” he said. to parliamentarians CSIS deputy director Cherie Henderson, CBC reports. .

“CSIS has noted a marked increase in violent threats directed at elected officials and public servants,” Henderson added, stating that CSIS was working to do more to monitor extremism.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Deputy Commander Michael Duheme stated that RCMPs have also noted an increase in IMVE, but stated that the incidents were not coordinated by vt groups, but motivated by “highly individualized” and personal ideologies.

Leslie Soper, general director of homeland security policy at the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said the extremists came from a variety of backgrounds, saying.

“It may be aligned with what we might traditionally call right-wing extremism. It may be motivated by other factors; anti-mandate. It could be motivated by other social factors,” Soper said.

However, when Soper and CSIS officials were pressed on the issue of the massive attacks on churches across Canada that saw many burned to the ground last summer by Conservative MP Dane Lloyd, they dismissed the violent campaign as a police matter. .

At least 68 churches across Canada had been burned or vandalized as of August last year.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the attacks on the church were “unacceptable” but also said the anger fueling the attacks was “totally understandable”.

“One of my thoughts is that I understand the anger against the federal government, against institutions like the Catholic Church; it is real and it is completely understandable given the shameful history that we are all becoming more aware of and are committed to doing better as Canadians,” Trudeau said.

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