Ralph Goodale: Canada Must Become A Leader In Countering Radicalization

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MONTREAL — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canada must strive to become a global leader in understanding and countering radicalization.

He says the death last week of a man in Strathroy, Ont., who was suspected of planning a terrorist attack demonstrates the need for "continued vigilance" in responding to threats posed by those who have radicalized to the point of violence.

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Ralph Goodale makes a funding announcement, Aug. 15. (Photo: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

He says the federal government is working to create a new national office for community outreach and engagement that will help combat radicalization.

Goodale made his comments after visiting a centre in Montreal on Monday that works to prevent radicalization leading to violence.

Last week, the RCMP revealed that it was the FBI and not the Mounties who discovered a video that led them to Aaron Driver in Strathroy, who police said had threatened to detonate an explosive in an urban centre.

Driver died Wednesday night after a confrontation with police that saw a bomb detonated in a taxi cab. It's not known whether he died from the blast or from a police bullet.

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