The violent Mexican drug wars are spilling over the border into the U.S., particularly in border states. But now Canada is acknowledging that the violent activities are encroaching on the Canadian landscape. Now the question is: What to do?
COLIN FREEZE AND MARINA JIMÉNEZ
Toronto Globe and Mail
TORONTO — Mexico’s war on the drug cartels has become a national security issue for Canada, say Ottawa officials, as the violent backlash from the syndicates spills across the border into Canada and the U.S.
Security agencies, including the RCMP, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Integrated Threat Assessment Centre, are concerned an organized-crime problem could turn into a full-fledged national security threat.
One official, who asked to speak anonymously, explained that “it’s all part of this river of drugs – and we’re one of the subsidiary streams.
“It’s going to impact on us,” he said, adding the issue “does receive national attention.”
The Globe and Mail
This week, the RCMP publicly described a series of B.C. gang murders as a Canadian echo of the bloody feuds among the Mexican drug cartels, notorious for beheading their enemies and bribing corrupt local officials.