The RCMP has begun preparing for more than a dozen ISIS fighters to return to Canada.
“We need to get ready in case they come back sooner than what we had expected,” said RCMP Deputy Commissioner Gilles Michaud.
The National Security Joint Operations Centre is at the centre of preparing a plan for local and federal law enforcement to safely prosecute the terrorists once they arrive.
It is believed that approximately 190 people from Canada are suspected of being involved in extremist and terrorist activity while abroad. Many fighters have also taken wives and children while away.
The RCMP is preparing to have charges ready for those individuals believed to have participated in terrorism.
The announcement of their return comes ahead of calls by the United States for countries to repatriate those citizens who have been caught fighting for ISIS in Syria. At the same time countries like the United Kingdom have cancelled the citizenships of those people who chose to leave the country to fight for ISIS.
Despite the imminent return of foreign fighters, the Liberal government has been reluctant on announcing any tangible plan on how they would effectively deal with the terrorists.
When asked to table a report on the situation by the Conservatives, the federal government produced a slim six-page proposal.
“We may not be in a position, as each and every one of them comes back to Canada, that we’re at that stage where we can arrest them,” said Michaud.