Kinsman: Should the Canadian government spy on economic targets abroad and share that intelligence with Canadian corporations?

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October 11, 2013

No. There is no legal mandate for electronic interception of messages except for national and international security. Canadian electronic security activities desperately need parliamentary oversight. The argument I have always heard from whiny Canadian companies is that the “other guys are getting contracts by bribery and we’re just being boy scouts.” In fact, in a typical example I learned that “the other guys” made the sale because they were selling aircraft that were cheaper, more fuel efficient, and way more passenger-pleasing. Canada should seek to strengthen international law against such spying. However, sadly, our international influence has dropped out of sight.