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We need to combat terrorism on a number of fronts, but it’s unclear if terrorist entity listings are necessary

By Phil Gurski       

One tangible thing Public Safety Canada does do is maintain what is known as the ‘list of terrorist entities.' Would anything change if the listings disappeared tomorrow? Probably not. There are a lot more important actions being taken by the agencies which really matter on this issue.

Canada's new Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, pictured on the Hill on May 15, 2019. Governments have a variety of tools to confront terrorism. There are, of course, the ‘pointy ends’ of the stick, i.e., security intelligence and law enforcement agencies upon whom we rely to detect and prevent acts of terrorism. In Canada, those organizations, CSIS and the RCMP, serve us well, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Governments have a variety of tools to confront terrorism. There are, of course, the “pointy ends” of the stick, i.e., security intelligence and law enforcement agencies upon whom we rely to detect and prevent acts of terrorism. In Canada, those organizations, CSIS and the RCMP, serve us well.

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