Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canada must do better to be a leader in understanding and countering violent radicalization.
Goodale says the death of Aaron Driver in Strathroy, who was suspected of planning a terrorist attack, demonstrates the need for “continued vigilance” in responding to threats posed by those who have been radicalized to the point of wanting to harm or kill innocent people.
While there are no official plans in place, he says the federal government is working to create a new national office for community outreach and engagement that will help combat radicalization. There is no word on when the office will open, or if multiple locations will be established across the country.
Goodale made his comments after visiting a centre in Montreal on Monday that works to prevent radicalization leading to violence.
Last Thursday, 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 that was called to take him to Citi Plaza in London.
An investigation continues to determine if Driver died from the blast or from a police bullet.