In the wake of the deadly Paris attacks, the Liberal government announced a new government agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSEC), to protect Canadians.
And its new director, CTV News national security correspondent Chris Dutton, said the new agency was to “be more proactive” in combating “radicalization and other forms of terrorism.”
The new CSE director has been appointed to the CSEC post by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
He was confirmed by the Senate in November.
He replaces David MacNaughton, who was appointed to his post by former prime minister Stephen Harper in April 2018.
In an interview with CTV’s The National, Dutton said he’s aware of “many, many people in the intelligence community who feel the same way.”
Dutton said the CSSE “will not be an arm of the government or the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
It will be a government agency.”
“It will be staffed by people who are dedicated to protecting Canadians and their rights and liberties,” Dutton added.
There’s no good answer’ to the terror threat In a speech in the House of Commons on April 19, Trudeau vowed to build on the existing CSEC, and to create a new agency “to be more aggressive.” “
I believe that the best way to do that is to work with intelligence professionals to build the capabilities that we need to combat this threat.”‘
There’s no good answer’ to the terror threat In a speech in the House of Commons on April 19, Trudeau vowed to build on the existing CSEC, and to create a new agency “to be more aggressive.”
But he added that the “best answer to the terrorist threat is to build a strong and independent security service.”
“I will not allow CSEC to be compromised,” Trudeau said.
“And as the Prime Minister of Canada, I will not accept a single day that CSEC is not operating efficiently, competently, and in accordance with our national security and public safety.”
Dutton says Trudeau “should have a clear strategy on how to respond” to the Paris attacks.
“There’s nothing in this country that has been as bad as what happened last year, and there’s no credible answer,” he said.
“The best answer is to get the right people on board.”
A spokesman for Trudeau did not respond to a request for comment.