Government Proposes Mandatory Counter-Radicalization Therapy for Terror Suspects

Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale, has announced that the government is looking into offering mandatory counter-radicalization therapy for terror suspects under peace bonds in response to last week’s foiled terrorist plot out of Strathroy, Ontario. In a speech to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in Ottawa on Wednesday morning, Mr Goodale stated that “one particular tool obviously was not effective with dealing with that specific case,” and he added that “there had been some ad hoc interventions but nothing that was deliberate and organized. We need to look at that as perhaps one tool.”

Referring to counter-radicalization centres in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary, Goodale said they could serve as models for the new national office anticipated to be ready this fall. He pointed out that local organizations do not always have the necessary focused counselling on their own so a new national centre could help make sure that experts are available to help.

In his remarks, Goodale alleged that one of the roles for the new team could be to figure out how to coordinate interventions for individuals like Aaron Driver, who was killed by police after he detonated a homemade bomb in his Strathroy driveway. Goodale stated that “peace bonds have some usefulness but they’re not a panacea. They’re a tool that has limitations.” He concluded that “so what can we do collectively as a society to make them more effective or to find alternatives?”

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