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Announcing the PROFUNC files: profunc.ca

The Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada, the highest civil service office in the country, has just sent me 560 pages of documents on the infamous PROFUNC program. The PROFUNC program, as previously featured on the CBC Fifth Estate, was setup in 1949 and first implemented in 1950 to compile a list of prominent functionaries of the Communist Party of Canada to be shipped off to Interment Camps during the Crash Event or “M” Day. The documents that I’ve obtained using the Access to Information Act appear to be the same ones than the ones that the Fifth Estate was able to obtain when they did their very excellent piece “Enemies of the State</a>”. I recommend watching this episode before diving into the material here, since it is extremely dense.

I should mention that it was this episode of the Fifth Estate that got me requesting Access to Information Requests to the Government, so things have come full circle. The site related to this episode is a good starter for people who want to keep the government accountable using the ATIP system since it lists all the Government agencies who are responsible for “National Security”, although the big three (RCMP, CSIS, CBSA) usually suffice.

The things that the episode doesn’t mention are these facts:

  • In 1973s, there were a few reports recommending that the PROFUNC program be shut down due to the ineffectiveness of PROFUNC with respect to National Security. The new threats weren't explicitly tied to the Communist Party of Canada, and as such sidestepped PROFUNC. This program became the Special Identification Program</li>
  • PROFUNC watched both Communist Groups but also groups that came from communist countries</li>
  • The RCMP were working on a definition of Political Terrorism in 1979. I'm not sure why this was included in the response, but it does exist in the PROFUNC file</li> </ul> It is unclear whether the Special Identification Program was put into action before the RCMP was stripped of their Security Service responsibilities, but it's worth asking the Library and Archives Canada, RCMP and CSIS about this program through ATIP, which will be a good follow-up step. Given the longevity of PROFUNC, SIP may be active today, and my name is most definitely on that list. The new release will be on a new blog, and due to the historic nature of the work will be presented separately from the existing content here on paroxysms. I am currently looking for stories and documents from those affected by PROFUNC for this project. I do plan on also launching a separate site for the JIG as well, however that is still very fresh, and I want to avoid over-extending myself. Now, please follow the link: profunc.ca</a>