by Sandra Gionas Thursday December 20, 2012

This story came to us from student intern Michelle Park who is a Master’s student in Global Affairs at the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Michelle came to us because of her passion in current affairs and her engagement in issues of public concern. She helped put this interview together, where we ask Gary Kinsman, professor of sociology at Laurentian University in Sudbury, whether the concerns outlined in the February, 2012 report Building Resilience Against Terrorism: Canada’s Counter-terrorism Strategy, are indeed legitimate. 

The Canadian government declared in this report that extremist groups, including radical environmental groups, could be a potential national security threat.

“Although not of the same scope and scale faced by other countries, low-level violence by domestic issue-based groups remains a reality in Canada. Such extremism tends to be based on grievances—real or perceived—revolving around the promotion of various causes such as animal rights, white supremacy, environmentalism and anti-capitalism.” 

But how much of the government’s concern is centred on the economic interests in oil sands development in Alberta? And how far is the federal government willing to go to act on these fears? To find out more, take a look at the video above.