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Maybe Canadians should listen to CSIS when it talks about China

By Phil Gurski       

China is playing us for dupes. We need to understand that no one, and especially no state, does anything important out of altruism.

CSIS Director David Vigneault, pictured May 13, 2019, on the Hill. It should come as a shock to no one that China, and more specifically Chinese influence in Canada, has been on the CSIS radar for some time, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—CSIS rarely says a lot openly about what it knows: when it does it should be listened to. Canadians could be said to have a love-hate relationship with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Wait, scratch that. A few Canadians seem to have a love-hate relationship with CSIS. On the one half, there are those who think our spy agency is the spawn of Satan populated with knuckle-dragging, sloped-forehead simian life forms who love to see threats where there are none. On the other, there are the (obviously smarter) ones who recognize what CSIS does for us. I am not surprisingly squarely in the latter camp.

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