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In 2010, Canada’s top spy warned about foreign snoops operating in Canada and seeking influence with Canadian politicians. Richard Fadden, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, made the comment in apparent reference to the Chinese.
Fadden clammed up about Beijing specifically, probably because his political masters didn’t want to rock the boat. But then last month, with Fadden still in charge, the CSIS annual report formally warned about foreign interference in Canadian business through takeovers or outright spying.
While not naming China in the report made public, CSIS says foreign companies operating in Canada could be connected to hostile governments or foreign intelligence agencies. CSIS suspects foreign competitors might be getting “clandestine intelligence support for their pursuits here.” Or they might buy access by gaining control of Canadian firms.
There’s also a cheap route: cyber-espionage. CSIS says computer networks run by the federal government and by the aerospace, petroleum and high technology industries are under frequent attack, as is university research. “State-sponsored attackers are also seeking any information which will give their domestic companies a competitive edge over Canadian firms,” CSIS says.
And it’s happening all over the country. A former government official told me that Chinese spies are active here in Halifax, with special interest in military activities and the many resident defence, aerospace and technology companies.