VOTE: Do you think Canada does enough to prevent terrorism?

On Friday morning, RCMP raided the homes of two Kingston, Ont., residents in connection with a terror plot.

One minor has been charged with knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and counselling someone to use an explosive or other lethal device to cause death or serious bodily injury. Another man, who has been identified as 20-year-old Hussam Eddin Alzahabi, has been arrested but not yet charged.

Here’s what we know so far about the ongoing investigation:

  • In December 2018, Canadian officials received information from the FBI in the U.S. about an attack plot in Canada.
  • Following the raids early Friday morning, one minor was arrested after RCMP alleged he tried to get someone to plant a bomb.
  • RCMP said they found elements related to explosive devices in one of the homes.
  • Hussam Eddin Alzahabi’s father spoke to CBC News following his arrest, shocked that his son would be accused of being connected with terrorist activity.
  • The Alzahabi family is originally from Syria but has lived in Canada since 2017, arriving in the country through private sponsorship.
  • For the past few weeks, RCMP has been flying a Pilatus PC-12 surveillance plane as part of their risk mitigation procedure, which caught the attention of several residents in the area.
  • RCMP say the investigation is still ongoing but there is no risk to public safety.
  • The agencies involved in the investigation include the RCMP, FBI, Kingston police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Canada Border Services Agency.

Do you think Canada does enough to prevent terrorism? Vote in the poll above and leave your thoughts in the comments below.