The Muslim Brotherhood is a threat to Canadian security, according to a recent report - and their activities in the West must become a focus for Canada's national defense experts.
This is the main conclusion of a report titled "The Muslim Brotherhood in North America," which was prepared by counter-terrorism expert Tom Kigin, who is also a member of the Terrorism and Security Experts of Canada Network.
In the report, which was published in Shalom Toronto, Kigin called on the Canadian government to keep track of the organizations affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood - which he described as "a more serious threat than Al Qaeda."
According to Kigin, the Brotherhood is designed to "weaken democratic societies from within" and import the Islamist ideals from the school of Hassan al - Banna and Sayyid Qutb , who led the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
The report notes that the number of Muslim Brotherhood "front organizations" in Canada is rising, as a strategic measure to achieve political power and money that is then transferred to terrorists.
To deal with the threat, Kigin recommend that the Canadian government map the connections between various organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood, and to examine the status of the charity that some of these organizations have received over the years.
The Canadian government is considering blacklisting the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, after a petition submitted by conservative MPs in Ontario province's Mississauga and Streetsville reached the House of Commons in April.
Recently, investigations into the true nature of the Brotherhood have become a Western phenomenon, as both Canada and the UK consider blacklisting the group. The Brotherhood responded to the UK probe by subtly threatening more terrorism in the event of a ban.
In Canada, the debate over blacklisting the group could have large-scale political consequences, due to the high prominence of at least one Brotherhood-associated group. According to The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, a watchdog intelligence site on the terrorist group, the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) has ties to several prominent Muslim organizations in Canada - and has publicly announced its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Canada has also blacklisted Hamas, which is an offshoot of the Brotherhood. The Gaza-based terror organization is described by the Canadian Ministry of Public Security Organization as "an Islamist terrorist group, a radical Palestinian national branch of the Muslim Brotherhood."