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TomF
10-08-2013, 09:14 AM
Seems that one of Canada's spy agencies has been caught spying (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/brazil-summons-canadian-ambassador-over-spying-allegations-1.1928147). Industrial espionage doncha know, digging around for secrets respecting Brazil's mining sector. Brazilian TV broke the story, and the Canadian ambassador's been summoned by the Brazilians for a dressing down.

Now, I have mixed feelings in general about the whole spy business. As Brazil's "terribly offended" officials are saying, of course spying is in complete disregard of the target nation's sovereignty. By definition, it's cheating, eh? But if Canada's gonna spy on anyone to gain economic advantage, Brazil's a pretty obvious choice. Some of our mining companies are pretty active there, and Brazil's a large and swiftly growing economy. Will be a force to reckon with, this Century.

Ahem.

Wouldn't it be more of a scandal if a Government gave a budget and mandate to a spy agency ... and the agency never actually spied on anyone?

Don't confuse me with someone who supports the current Canadian Prime Minister, but really.

Arizona Bay
10-08-2013, 09:25 AM
'A gentleman is someone who, knowing how to play the bagpipes, refrains from doing so' (Noel Coward, attrib)

bogdog
10-08-2013, 09:25 AM
Brazil has a history of playing fast and loose with internationally recognized patents and proprietary information as do China and India. What goes around...

bogdog
10-08-2013, 09:27 AM
'A gentleman is someone who, knowing how to play the bagpipes, refrains from doing so' (Noel Coward, attrib)Well sure if you're talking GHBs. Uilleanns are a different thing altogether.

TomF
10-08-2013, 09:29 AM
'A gentleman is someone who, knowing how to play the bagpipes, refrains from doing so' (Noel Coward, attrib)Canada may have once been a gentleman (debatable!), but certainly not anymore. Our current government has few ethics, IMO.

TomF
10-08-2013, 09:30 AM
Well sure if you're talking GHBs. Uilleanns are a different thing altogether.So long as the GHBs are played outdoors, where they can suitably terrify the enemy. (my son's a side drummer in a very good pipe & drum band)

Arizona Bay
10-08-2013, 09:35 AM
I love GHB's, at a distance, on a misty morning, I've got a chanter, but can't get the breathing

Uilleans, fiddles and bouzoukis Y>

Katherine
10-08-2013, 09:36 AM
Canada has a spy agency?

JimD
10-08-2013, 09:38 AM
Canada has a spy agency?

See how good they are?

Paul Pless
10-08-2013, 09:38 AM
Canada has a spy agency?ouch

bogdog
10-08-2013, 09:39 AM
So long as the GHBs are played outdoors, where they can suitably terrify the enemy. (my son's a side drummer in a very good pipe & drum band)
My high school had a GHB band, it was terrifying.

Arizona Bay
10-08-2013, 09:39 AM
Aye, gotta keep an eye on the cheese smugglers ;)

Paul Pless
10-08-2013, 09:40 AM
My high school had a GHB band, it was terrifying.lmao

TomF
10-08-2013, 09:41 AM
Canada has a spy agency?2 ... that we know of.

Full Tilt
10-08-2013, 09:43 AM
Aye, gotta keep an eye on the cheese smugglers ;)

You're obviously forgetting the big maple syrup caper of 2012.

JimD
10-08-2013, 09:46 AM
Mostly the current government just uses them to follow opposition members to Ottawa area motels to take photographs. It helps get legislation passed.

TomF
10-08-2013, 09:55 AM
You're obviously forgetting the big maple syrup caper of 2012.Soon to be a (probably minor) motion picture, apparently.

Arizona Bay
10-08-2013, 10:04 AM
It's so calm up there... Maybe Sen. Cruz would trade citizenships with me.

Steve McMahon
10-08-2013, 10:54 AM
Brazil has a history of playing fast and loose with internationally recognized patents and proprietary information as do China and India. What goes around...

True, the problem here is that we got caught. If I understand it the only reason we got caught is that we share info with the USA spy agencies and documents got leaked by Snowden, who in my opinion should be shot for high treason.