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It’s time to take the annual terrorist threat report out of Public Safety

By Phil Gurski      

So if Public Safety is not the best office to produce this unique report, then who is? Not surprisingly, I would suggest that CSIS should do it since that is the premier organization that knows what is happening in Canada.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured May 7, 2019, at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. His department is the wrong shop to pen one of the few pieces of information on terrorism in our country that the average Canadian can read, argues Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—If there are any people at Public Safety Canada who do not already dislike me, perhaps intensely, I am confident that this column will quickly lead them to the vast majority who have already PNGed me from the department (full disclosure: I worked in the national security policy office as a seconded employee from CSIS from October 2013 until my retirement from the civil service in April 2015). I am neutral on this situation: my so-called ‘retirement’ has kept me very busy without the need to go back to the department on contract as many retirees do.

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