Almost every federal department and agency has felt the squeeze from the Conservative government's cost-cutting push.
Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), our now internationally notorious electronic snooper, will spend more than $460 million in this fiscal year, the Globe and Mail reports, based on budgetary information released last week.
The forecast spending for the CSEC was expected to spend $420 million this fiscal year, the Globe said.
Intelligence researcher Bill Robinson, who focused on the spy agency's spending trend on his blog Lux Ex Umbra, noted the agency's pre 9/11 budget was $97 million (year 2000).
"Adjust that for inflation and it's $130 million, so it's a huge increase – 3 1/2 times," he told the Globe.
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