Ottawa in final stages of hiring a senior adviser to spearhead new office set to open in the fall

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2016 9:07 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 11:06 AM ET

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the Canadian government will step up its anti-terror efforts with a new office to counter radicalization that is expected to open this fall.

“You don’t develop good law in a panic,” Goodale said Wednesday following a speech to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in Ottawa.

Goodale said the government is in the final stages of hiring a senior adviser that will spearhead an anti-terror program to counter radicalization, with a new national office opening some time in the fall.

“That person will be directing a very important effort to up our game in Canada in terms of recognizing and understanding the process of radicalization, who’s vulnerable to it, why they would be vulnerable, and what are the most effective tools and instruments … to prevent the problem in the first place.”

His remarks come as Canada’s police chiefs want a new law that would force people to hand over their electronic passwords with a judge’s consent.

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