Start talking about spies and most people will think of James Bond, car chases, high-stakes poker games and martinis. Oh and lots of beautiful people.
Few people think of Canada.
“On the contrary,” said former CSIS agent Michel Juneau-Katsuya when asked if Canada is too peaceful and boring a country for spies to target. “There are lots of diplomats that have been deported or declared persona non grata.”
In addition to diplomats who continue to spy on Canada to this day, there have been sleeper agents planted in this country and even Canadians convinced to hand over secrets to foreign governments.
Last week QMI Agency released the RCMP’s secret Tommy Douglas files. The Mounties followed Douglas for decades trying to prove that he was a communist and looking for anything that might hint at espionage.
While it looks like agents did collect enough information to show that Douglas was a communist early in his career, and therefore of interest to a police force concerned with the “red scare,” no evidence released suggest Douglas ever spied on Canada for another country.
While Douglas wasn’t a spy, plenty of others have been. Here’s a selection.