Canadian Politics

‘Not only illegal, it’s irresponsible’: Mulcair says alleged spying on Brazil a ‘black eye’ for Canada

Canadian Press and Reuters | 09/10/13 | Last Updated: 09/10/13 4:35 PM ET

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says apparent efforts to spy on Brazil give Canada a black eye.

Speaking at a news conference, Mulcair calls the reported attempt by Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency to monitor Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy “a huge mistake.”

A Brazilian television report said the metadata — or indexing details — of phone calls and emails from and to the ministry were targeted by the Ottawa-based Communications Security Establishment Canada to map the ministry’s communications.

“Actively spying on ministries and companies in other countries to give an advantage to Canadian companies is not only illegal, it’s irresponsible, and it gives Canada a black eye in the world,” Mulcair told a news conference.

“The Conservatives have simply shown that they have no ethical boundaries of any kind … this a huge mistake,” he added, saying there was clear evidence CSEC had been complicit in industrial espionage.

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