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Whose National Security? [Paperback]

Gary Kinsman , Dieter K. Buse , Mercedes Steedman
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Oct. 30 2000

Would you believe that RCMP operatives used to spy on Tupperware parties? In the 1950s and ’60s they did. They also monitored high school students, gays and lesbians, trade unionists, left-wing political groups, feminists, consumer’s associations, Black activists, First Nations people, and Quebec sovereignists.

The establishment of a tenacious Canadian security state came as no accident. On the contrary, the highest levels of government and the police, along with non-governmental interests and institutions, were involved in a concerted campaign. The security state grouped ordinary Canadians into dozens of political stereotypes and labelled them as threats.

Whose National Security? probes the security state’s ideologies and hidden agendas, and sheds light on threats to democracy that persist to the present day. The contributors’ varied approaches open up avenues for reconceptualizing the nature of spying.


 * "APEC Days at UBC: Student Protests and National Security in an Era of Trade Liberalization," Karen Pearlston * "Remembering Federal Police Surveillance in Quebec, 1940s-70s," Madeleine Parent * "The Red Petticoat Brigade: Mine Mill Women's Auxiliaries and the Threat from Within, 1940s-70s," Mercedes Steedman * "Spymasters, Spies, and their Subjects: The RCMP and Canadian State Repression, 1914-39," Gregory S. Kealey * "In Whose Public Interest? The Canadian Union of Postal Workers and National Security," Evert Hoogers  

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“Political policing in Canada has long underminded the democratic nature of this country. Lawyers acting in immigration, citizenship, criminal and other cases know that concepts like ‘national interest,’ ‘disloyalty,’ and ‘security threat’ are used as barriers to prevent public scrutiny of official decisions made in secret. This book fills in details of this sordid history, and makes valuable contributions to understanding the problem.”

Whose National Security? provides revealing tales and telling analysis of the Canadian surveillance state.”

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Gary Kinsman, Dieter K. Buse, and Mercedes Steedman teach at Laurentian University in Sudbury.

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By Mr Glum
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This book contains a section on surviellance of educational institutions i.e. "Spying 101: The RCMP's Activities at the University of Saskatchewan" (Not to be confused with the book that came out later, SPYING 101: THE RCMP's SECRET ACTIVITIES AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES, 1917-1997 (ISBN 9780802041494)). Who knew that the RCMP were clipping articles from the student newspaper THE SHEAF to add to their files. The U of S probably had more than its share of attention because of the politics in Saskatchewan i.e. CCF/NDP history. Page 102 to 105 contain a copy of a surviellance report from Cst. J. C. Dudley from the National Archives of Canada RG (Record Group) 146. So we get a sample of the type of records that were being produced.

Terry Pender has an article on, "The Gaze on Clubs, Native Studies, and Teachers at Laurentian University, 1960s-70s" so the U of S wasn't the only University being watched. Christabella Sethna has an article on "High-School Confidential: RCMP Surveillance of Secondary School Student Activists".
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