RCMP, CSIS accused of spying on environmental groups

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Jeremy Nuttall, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:09 PM ET

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has accused Canadian law enforcement agencies of needlessly spying on environmental groups opposed to oil projects in the province, which it says may even amount to illegal activity by authorities.

Thursday in Vancouver, the BCCLA told reporters it is filing complaints against the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service with their respective watchdogs after documents revealed they spied on groups the organization likened to “grandmothers in basements.”

The BCCLA alleged the actions of the federal police force and national spy organization interfered with freedoms of expression, assembly and association.

Environmental groups and First Nations representatives at the media conference alleged the RCMP and CSIS are in collusion with the federal government and part of a larger unwarranted smear campaign against people concerned about the environment.


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