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What do you mean Canada does not have a foreign intelligence service?

By Phil Gurski      

CSIS can be our eyes and ears on what Canada’s economic and political rivals are, provided that it collects what it can within national borders.

It's Bond, James Bond: Sean Connery played James Bond in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever. It's unlikely Canada will see a new foreign intelligence agency, like the British MI6 or the CIA, any time soon, writes Phil Gurski. 'Maybe that is what Canadians would prefer anyway. We are, after all, a shy, diffident people who would rather be neither shaken nor stirred.' Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

OTTAWA—We all know that many nations have a foreign intelligence service that sends spies here, there, and everywhere to collect the information its government tells it to in order to protect state interests. There is the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) which has been featured in more novels and films than I can count. And, of course, there is the MI6—the British Secret Intelligence Service—made famous by Ian Fleming’s James Bond, who taught us all how to drink a martini (shaken, not stirred). And then we have the Canadian foreign intelligence service which is, uh, er, um.

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