Yesterday’s announcement that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had foiled a terror plot based in Montreal and Toronto follows a long, controversial narrative in Canada that stretches back to the 1990s.
That’s when Algerian terror cells allegedly used Canada’s loose immigration policies to stage and plan attacks aimed at France and the US in Quebec.
The so-called Millenium bomber, Ahmed Ressam, first drew international headlines in 1999, when the Algerian national tried to bring a car bomb into the US to attack LA’s international airport.
In 2005, Canadian intelligence “dismantled” an Al Qaeda cell operating in the Toronto area, including four Algerians. But tensions rose again in 2006 when 18 Toronto men were arrested for operating terror training camps in Ontario.
Then came troubling news that men from London, Ontario were involved in the Islamic terror attack on an Algerian refinery in January of this year.
Which brings us to yesterday’s announcement that two foreign nationals were operating in Montreal and Toronto, allegedly working with Al Qaeda elements in Iran to attack a New York City-bound passenger train, according to the RCMP.
In February of this year, the head of CSIS, Richard Fadden, spoke at a committee hearing in Ottawa and suggested that Al Qaeda continues to make inroads in Canada.
“They are beginning to communicate between themselves far more than they used to. And in every single case, there are Canadians who have joined them,” Fadden said.
“CSIS is currently aware of dozens of Canadians — many in their early 20s — who have travelled or attempted to travel overseas to engage in terrorism-related activites in recent years.”
So what do you think? Is Canada doing enough to reduce the risk of Islamic terror activities in Ontario and Quebec? Has enough been done to beef up border security and cooperation between the US and Canada?
Do you see what’s happening in Canada as different from what we’re seeing in Europe and the US, where young Muslims like the Boston-area bombers have been recruited and carried out attacks?
As always, comments welcome.