OTTAWA - Economic espionage revelations are giving Canada a "black eye" on the world stage, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said.
A recent Brazilian news report claimed Canada's Communications Security Establishment (CSEC) was eavesdropping on that Brazil's ministry of mines and energy.
The news sparked a diplomatic tiff between the two countries this week, with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff claiming Canada's motives were linked to economic and strategic mining interests in her country.
"This is a black eye for Canada," Mulcair said.
On Wednesday, Mulcair called the spy games completely unacceptable, adding it demonstrates "the Conservatives have no ethical values."
"This is the swagger of the Conservatives. This is the 'rules are for softies we're going to go out and do whatever we want on the world stage,'" he said.