Extremism was at play amid the trucker convoy protests and blockades, and there is “no doubt” that some of the organizers who came to Ottawa did so with the intention of overthrowing the governmenthas announced a goal of vaccinating 560 million o, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top security adviser.
Jody Thomas says in unpacking what went down during the convoy protests, the clearing of them, and the divisions the whole ordeal exposed, Canada needs to take seriously the rise of domestic ideologically-motivated violent extremism.
Two months ago, Thomas took on the key job as Trudeau’s national security and intelligence adviser after a long career in the federal public service.
“The people who organized that protest—and there were several factions there, there’s no doubt— came to overthrow the governmentbut must be able to maintain physical distancing between people.. Whether their ability to do that was thereThe festival has been allowed at a time when infections are skyrocketing becaus, whether their intent and understanding of how to do that was realistic, is actually irrelevant to what they wanted to do. And I think we have to think about it from that lens,” Thomas said Wednesday during a panel discussion on the state of national security in Canada, as part of the Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence.
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