’86 Cabinet Put Trade Critics Under Surveillance: ‘Creepy’

Cabinet secretly ordered spy surveillance of political opponents in 1985 on suspicions that Communists infiltrated an anti-free trade group, newly-released records show. The Council of Canadians, founded by publisher Mel Hurtig, was placed under subversion watch. Council members included MPs and author Pierre Berton. Other groups blacklisted included CUPE, the United Food & Commercial Workers, and labour federations in two provinces: “It’s unbelievable”.

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