The prime minister met with his national security ministers after a pair of reports surfaced that terrorists are planning to enter Canada, a development that has again focused Ottawa's attention on airport and airline security.
Harper met with his national security ministers on Monday, two days after Canadian airlines and airports were put on alert about the potential threats.
Canadian airports and airlines were put on alert late Saturday. That's when Transport Canada asked them to strictly adhere to the passenger screening rules that were adopted after the failed Christmas Day terror attack.
Sources say the following warning was issued to all Canadian airlines, airports and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority: "Further sharing of intelligence following the December 25th terrorist attempt on the United States has prompted the government to remind airlines and airports to continue to be vigilant and apply screening measures with consistency and vigour," the warning says.The warning was prompted by a pair of reports, the first of which came from British and U.S. intelligence officials, suggesting 20 Yemeni-trained terrorists are "trying to get into North America."
Separately, Canadian intelligence officials "gathered credible evidence that there was another group of terrorists who were also trying to get into Canada," he said.
Canadian officials believe that terrorists are ultimately interested in entering the United States and that they do not have Canadian targets in mind, Fife said.
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