Over 48 hours, 60 camera crews descended across Canada's streets, airspace, parks and homes to capture the stories of those working to protect the country, resulting in an 8-part documentary series, Keeping Canada Safe.
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Keeping Canada Safe - Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi - Netflix
Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi, also known as Abu Huzaifa the Canadian, is a self-described member of the Islamic State terrorist group, which he joined in 2014 after emptying his bank account and visiting Syria. His real name is unknown but he agreed to speak to Canada's CBC News on condition that it would not be revealed. Huzaifa has been counseled by Canadian Security Intelligence Service agent Mubin Shaikh. He returned to Canada in 2016; rumors that he lives in the Toronto area have circulated. In 2018, he said in a podcast on The New York Times website that he murdered two people while fighting for ISIS and has been criticized by conservatives, some of whom have called for him to be found and arrested.
Keeping Canada Safe - Controversies - Netflix
After Huzaifa said he fought for the Islamic State, Conservative MPs called for action against him. Conservative politician Candice Bergen criticized Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the liberal government during the Question Period for not ordering law enforcement to arrest him. Bergen also called for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to reveal whether the government knew where Huzaifa was, but Goodale stated that it was the “opposition of keeping Canadians safe”. Trudeau called questions about Huzaifa “divisive” and received criticism from conservative journalist Brian Lilley. Huzaifa also received concerns from television journalist Diana Swain that he may be “lying” to The New York Times or CBC News.
Keeping Canada Safe - References - Netflix