The U.S. television program 60 Minutes suggests that Canada may be a haven for terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida. The program is scheduled for broadcast on Sunday.
The show features an interview with David Harris, the former chief of strategic planning for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).
According to Harris, as many as 50 terrorist organizations are operating in Canada.
He alleges they include:
- the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
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Harris told the program that he has no doubt members of those groups are targeting the U.S. from within Canada, a modern and wealthy country that he says has everything for the discriminating terrorist.
But Deputy Prime Minister John Manley, who also appears on the program, refutes the allegations, saying Canada is not a haven for terrorists.
The program suggests Canada's immigration policies are too lax. Manley says that's not so and he says Ottawa is not about to shut its border to refugees.
"The values that we share in Canada and the United States are that of an open society and a society that receives people who are seeking asylum from around the world," said Manley.
Manley says he's not going to comment on the report until he sees it in its entirety.