(19:30- 22:33) Thomas Juneau, École supérieure d’affaires publiques et internationales, analyse les répercussions possibles des évènements du 22 octobre. Il insiste sur le fait qu’il faut bien évaluer la menace. « Ce qu’on ne veut pas faire; ce qu’on veut éviter, c’est de surréagir. »
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A panel of experts discuss the limits of national security. In response to the RCMP's apparent lack of resources, Wesley Wark, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, said it's "not surprising. No law enforcement or security agency is ever going to have all the resources it needs to cover all the threats that it has to cover. The question in these cases is whether it has enough resources to do the job in terms of both intelligence collection and analyzing the intelligence when it comes in."
Cet article mentionne le débat sur le bilinguisme officiel. Gilles Paquet, Centre d'études en gouvernance, Linda Cardinal, École d'études politiques, François Larocque, Section de common law et Pierre Foucher, Section de droit civil, sont aussi mentionnés.
Malgré les risques, le gouvernement ne doit pas annuler les célébrations du Jour du souvenir, selon les spécialistes. « Des occasions et des cibles, il y en a plein. Mais, c’est un événement symbolique de la démocratie. Annuler ça, ce serait un non-sens, » souligne Thomas Juneau, École supérieure d’affaires publiques et internationales.
Le gouvernement fédéral pourrait donner plus de pouvoirs à la GRC et au SCRS. « Prenons notre temps. La pire façon de modifier une loi est d’agir trop rapidement. Une législation trop hâtive est une mauvaise législation », dit Wesley Wark, École supérieure d'affaires publiques et internationales.
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(20:56-21:28) Gilles Paquet, Centre d'études sur la gouvernance, s'oppose au projet de bilinguisme officiel à Ottawa. Linda Cardinal, École d'études politiques, réplique en disant qu’il s'agit de pérenniser les services en français à la ville d'Ottawa.
In regards to the attack on October 22, Wesley Wark, Graduate School of Public and International affairs, said he believed the terrorist threat posed by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had been politically overblown. He added that the proliferation of homegrown terrorism is, for now, a more pressing danger than the threat of attacks by foreign groups. “We’ve been forced to recalibrate and rethink.”
Wesley Wark, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, explains that the discussions in Canada echo debates that followed the September 11 terror attacks in the U.S., but preserving a sense that government and culture are accessible remains a priority. "There is a really solid consensus in Canada that Canada cherishes its image, and reality, as a well-functioning, multicultural society with strong democratic institutions," Wark said.
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Wesley Wark, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, comments on the government's planned security law changes. “What the government is now confronting is a choice with going forward on whatever its original, probably small-scale changes might have been, or sitting back and thinking about whether there is something more that needs to be done.”
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Roland Paris, Centre for International Policy Studies, comments October 22 events. He says that “obviously the security services need to explain what measures were taken to prevent the individual from committing this violence." Adding that "it is a legitimate question to ask what went wrong there … But we don’t want to transform our legislature into an armed fortress.”
Wesley Wark, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, discusses the suspect from the October 22 attack in Ottawa: "He seems to have been one of those genuine examples of a homegrown terrorist whose path to terror was unpredictable and perhaps unpreventable.”
In this op-ed, Wesley Wark, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, comments on yesterday’s shooting that left one soldier dead "the big question that remains is whether opportunities were missed to prevent his attack. At the same time, Canadians have to appreciate that not all such attacks can be prevented, and that we may have luxuriated in unrealistic expectations about being absolutely safe."
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L’auteur de cet article pose la question suivante : Est-ce les services de sécurité investissent leurs ressources au bon endroit dans le contexte où la menace vient aussi de l'intérieur? Wesley Wark, École supérieure d’affaires publiques et internationales, rajoute que « dans l'enquête à plus long terme, il faudra se demander si, au niveau du renseignement, des choses ont manqué, si l'on aurait pu faire les choses différemment pour éviter une attaque. »
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CSIS authorities are aware of approximately 130 Canadian citizens who have left the country to fight alongside terrorist organizations, and another 80 who have since returned. According to Wesley Wark, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, “The most dangerous individuals are clearly going to be the people who have gone overseas to actually engage in fighting on behalf of terrorist groups, and have come back. Those are the top tier, but we don’t know what proportion of the 80 consists of returned fighters with real combat experience, as opposed to people who have gone overseas to facilitate or engage in terrorism in some form or another.”
The Department of National Defence is restricting interviews and photographs of Canadian military personnel being sent to Iraq to help fight Islamic State militants. In the past, Canadian military personnel have been allowed to speak about their jobs. According to Philippe Lagassé, Graduate School of Public and International affairs, “it’s good for Canadians to know what their military is doing. It helps to increase the public’s connection for it.”
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