Transnational Organized Crime and Canada: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective
Canadians are celebrating the 150th anniversary of our country; how the Canadian nation was forged in the sacrifices of Canadians in two world wars and how our nation, which began as a coalition of French and English Canada, has evolved into a dynamic multicultural society thanks to successive waves of immigrants from the four corners of the globe.
In today’s society, TOC is a pervasive and often destructive force. Over and above the crimes of theft, murder, assaults, intimidation, extortion, etc. by organized crime groups such as the Hells Angels, the activities of these criminal organizations can on occasion threaten the integrity of our economic institutions and pose a public health threat. Thus, in the current – and growing- public health crisis due to the presence of fentanyl and other toxic substances in illegal drugs, TOC plays a key role, since the supply chain for illegal drugs is operated and controlled by organized crime.
Scott Burbidge is a retired public servant who managed a program of police research and also served as a senior Policy Analyst. He served in the Ministry of the Solicitor General from 1976 until retirement in 1998. Since retirement, he acted as a consultant on various projects relating to policing and lawenforcement strategies. More recently, he participated in the year-long policy review which was an integral part of the Commission of Inquiry led by Mr. Justice Dennis O’Connor into the conduct of officials in relation to the case of Mahar Arar. Mr. Burbidge has been a member of the CIC (Halifax Branch) for the past decade, and is presently acting as Secretary to the Branch Executive.