Pipeline purchase seen as ‘betrayal’ by many opponents
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.”