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We really need to stop debating whether far right or Islamist extremists are more dangerous: both need to be monitored

By Phil Gurski       

Developments and trends around the world demonstrate quite clearly that Islamist extremism has not disappeared, the ‘defeat’ of the Islamic State notwithstanding. We would be committing a terrible mistake were we to re-allocate our attention holus-bolus to the ‘new’ threat.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, pictured May 13, 2019, at the House Public Safety and Naional Security Committee meeting. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—When it comes to the discussion on terrorism in Canada, we are in a very fortunate position. Our country is blessedly very rarely beset with violent extremism. Nevertheless, the threat is not zero and hence we need to dedicate some level of resources to detecting terrorists and terrorists’ plots in order to prevent death and injury to Canadians.

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