The federal government appears to be taking action on radicalization following last week’s death of Aaron Driver, the 24-year-old killed after authorities identified him as a suspect in a terrorist plot on an urban centre in Canada.
While no new details have been released in the case, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will visit a Montreal centre devoted to preventing violent radicalization Monday. He’s expected to announce plans to move ahead with a program designed to reach out to those who are vulnerable to radicalization.
Following last week’s terror threat, Goodale stressed the importance of identifying those who are open to radicalization and finding an effective way to prevent those types of situations from happening again.
Specific details of the program are expected to be released at a later date.
The public will also be listening for any follow-up to questions about why information about Aaron Driver’s plot came from the FBI and not Canadian intelligence. Following the foiled plot, Goodale said the sharing of information between Canada and the U.S. is the norm.
RCMP officials said they received a video posted online from the FBI on Wednesday morning, which led Canadian security analysts to identify the suspect as Aaron Driver, a young man who was under a peace bond for past support of a terrorism organization, namely ISIL.
Driver died on Wednesday after an explosion in a taxi that was requested to take him to Citi Plaza in London. An investigation continues to determine whether he was killed by the blast, or from an officer’s bullet when police advanced to apprehend him.
Strathroy Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden has already spoken on the incident, applauding the work of police officials in the process. Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Conservative MP Bev Shipley said last week’s incident should serve as a wake-up call for his communities and others.
While in Montreal, Goodale is also expected to announce the replacement of aging immigration detention facilities in Laval, Quebec and Vancouver, addressing issues of overcrowding and inadequate mental health care for newcomers.
According to a report from the Red Cross, there are newcomers who are held in provincial jails or police facilities alongside suspected gang members and violent offenders.
Goodale will attend the Laval Immigration Holding Centre in Laval at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Centre for the prevention of radicalization leading to violence in Montreal at 1:30 p.m.