The new commander of Canada’s special forces says there’s no textbook answer to the threat posed by ‘lone wolf’ terrorist or criminal attacks, but the country’s elite counter-terrorism unit has its eyes open to emerging trends.
Maj.-Gen. Peter Dawe delivered the message of reassurance Wednesday following a change of command ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday.
Dawe said he was not able to comment directly on this week’s van attack in Toronto, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 14 others.
“I can assure Canadians that its special forces are constantly analyzing the threat environment, making sure we have the right tools to respond at the right place and the right time,” said Dawe, who has taken over for Maj.-Gen. Mike Rouleau.
The Liberal government has been careful to describe the attack on Toronto’s Yonge St. as something that did not represent a threat to national security — something that would have put it squarely on the radar of Joint Task Force 2, the military’s highly trained counter-terrorism force.