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CSIS remarks ‘very disturbing’, says premier

Recent comments by CSIS director Richard Fadden hearken back to Cold War-era paranoia, says Nova Scotia’s premier.

Recent comments by CSIS director Richard Fadden hearken back to Cold War-era paranoia, says Nova Scotia’s premier. Premier Darrell Dexter said Fadden’s allegation that some provincial and municipal politicians in Canada are under the influence of foreign government’s is “very disturbing” and “xenophobic.”

“It had a kind of xenophobic feel to it that hearkens back to the McCarthy-era where you imply that citizens, because of the fact that they may be new Canadians or first-generation Canadians, are not as loyal to the country as long-established Canadians.”

Fadden set off a media storm when he made the allegations in an interview with CBC on Tuesday. He has since attempted to distance himself from the allegations, offering a clarification on Wednesday.

But Dexter said he believes Fadden owes the public — and governments — an explanation.

 
 
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