Some things come to mind.
First, this has not been proven.
Second, if true, there are criminal laws on the books in Canada to deal with these sorts of conspiracies. One would think that a phone call where a conspiracy such as this was conspired would be pretty damning evidence. Why then did CSIS et al put Abdelrazik through the rigmarole foreign torture and detention? Why was Abdelrazik allowed to board a commercial aircraft and fly to Sudan if had demonstrably plotted to blow up one? Why, if any of these 'evidence-based' accusations of explosive traces, terror training, etc, are remotely true, has Mr. Abdelrazik never been charged with anything? Why have other intelligence agencies cleared him?
And Jason Kenney is being rich when, he of the unproven war crimes lists, says,
Kenney also had a warning for those who'd been working with Charkaoui and Abdelrazik to clear their names, or had gone "to the extent of treating such people as folk heroes."
"All I can say is that I hope those who form these political support groups for individuals who have been the focus of security certificates or similar extraordinary efforts on the part of government think very carefully about this," added Kenney. "I hope that people will realize that the government does not take these measures lightly, and that these measures are only taken on the basis of very compelling evidence that such individuals mean Canada harm and no good."
I've met Abousfian Abdelrazik and found him to have a sincere and kind way about him. If he was ever involved in any nefarious activity or plotting, it would a) come as a surprise, and b) mean the government, CSIS, and RCMP seriously fucked-up.
Given the pending lawsuit, the three federal amigos have every motivation to muddy the waters. This is a calculated leak. Moreover, it is a leak that comes on the tails of lists of unproven "war criminals," fraudulent Canadians, and threats to revoke citizenship.
Whether the leak against Abousfian Abdelrazik has any veracity is unknowable at this time. However, a smear campaign to discredit an individual Canadian citizen and his friends and supporters by the government and its agencies, without substantiated evidence, appears to be underway.
This government, its ministers, seem to be actively looking for ways to circumvent the burden of proof, and hobble individuals on little more than whiffs and whispers, using smears and innuendo.
The trend of individual Ministers of the Crown targeting individual Canadian citizens like this is truly terrifying. It is one thing to have the cruelty of state power represented and enforced by a faceless bureaucracy, but quite another when it is individual politicians directly intervening in the fates of citizens, regardless of their exoneration by the relevant credible government agencies.