To Trudeaus credit, he is trying to change this embarrassing security apparatus. If Harper were still in power, he would suggest "we don't talk about ongoing investigations". No wonder Canada lost our UN Security Council seat under Harpers watch... Trudeau Says RCMP, CSIS Not Spying On Journalists As Quebec Scandal Grows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau found Quebec police surveillance of journalists so "troubling" that he asked the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for assurances they weren't spying on members of the press. Following revelations that judges authorized Quebec police to surveil seven journalists, Trudeau told reporters on Thursday that the press is "absolutely critical" in a free democracy and he was satisfied the federal police force and spy agency weren't conducting similar operations. "We have actually strong safeguards and protections in place to protect the freedom of the press in the course of business conducted by CSIS and the RCMP," the prime minister said. "And I can confirm those safeguards are still very much in place and consistent with the values and concerns this government has and that Canadians have."