Pipe­line pur­chase seen as ‘be­trayal’ by many op­po­nents

StarMetro Toronto - - CANADA & WORLD - Jim Bron­skill

OTTAWA—CANADA’S spy agency says many mem­bers of the en­vi­ron­men­tal and Indigenous com­mu­ni­ties see the fed­eral pur­chase of the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line as a be­trayal, and sug­gests that could in­ten­sify op­po­si­tion to ex­pand­ing the pro­ject.

A Canadian Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice (CSIS) as­sess­ment high­lights a re­newed sense of in­dig­na­tion among pro­test­ers and clearly in­di­cates the spy ser­vice’s on­go­ing A CSIS as­sess­ment shows a re­newed sense of in­dig­na­tion among pro­test­ers.

in­ter­est in anti-petroleum ac­tivism.

The Canadian Press used the Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion Act to ob­tain a heav­ily cen­sored copy of the June CSIS brief, orig­i­nally clas­si­fied top se­cret. Civil lib­er­ties and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists ques­tioned the ra­tio­nale for CSIS’S in­ter­est, given that op­po­si­tion to the pipe­line pro­ject has been peace­ful.

CSIS spokesper­son Ta­hera Mufti stressed the spy ser­vice is com­mit­ted to fol­low­ing the gov­ern­ing leg­is­la­tion that for­bids it to probe law­ful protest and dis­sent.

“While we can­not pub­licly dis­close our in­ves­tiga­tive in­ter­ests, we can say that it is im­por­tant for the ser­vice to pose im­por­tant an­a­lyt­i­cal ques­tions on these types of is­sues, such as the ques­tion of whether de­vel­op­ments such as the pur­chase of a pipe­line could give rise to a na­tion­alse­cu­rity threat to Canada’s crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture.”

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