Canada's spy boss told senators on Monday that the country faces an unprecedented threat. As National Post reports, Michel Coulombe was blunt in his assessment.
“Based on service assessments, the terrorist threat to Canada’s national security interests has never been as direct or immediate,” Canadian Security Intelligence Service head Michel Coulombe told the Senate national security committee.
“In addition to complex plots involving multiple threat actors over a prolonged period, we must also be alert to rapidly escalating threats posed by individuals determined and able to act with little or no warning or support,” he said.
Senators were told that the number of Canadian recruits leaving the country to join ISIS has been rising, increasing 50% in the last few months.
Coulombe's testimony came the same day as Canadians arrested on terror related charges appeared in court in Alberta, Quebec and the Maritimes.