Ya, well I'm pretty sure it's nothin' for you to get all insane about, but yesterday I was in the parlour when the lawyer guy who's still here in the mansion - Burt Graham is his name - came in and we started to talk. Uh, I mighta mentioned something about British Columbia becoming a part of Canada in a coupla years, you know, like I learned in history class. I dunno ... it just came to me and so I said it without thinking. And I thought nothin' much of it until his face got all red.
And ever since then he's been askin' me all sorts of questions, like who told me and where do I come from and who my sources are, and where is my family and how can he get in touch with them ... like he thinks I'm a friggin' SPY or something!
I'm afraid this slip of yours may have serious consequences, Abby. Very serious indeed.
In the early 1860's the Canadian government first created an intelligence service to monitor the activities of the exiled Irish group, FENIAN, who wanted to create an invasion from bases in the United States.
Also in the mid-19th century when you currently exist, units are being formed in the Canadian militia to provide scouting and espionage skills. The formation of two secret police forces and the formal intelligence service in Canada is already in place.
During World War II (1939-1945), Canada will join with allied intelligence to strengthen Canadian intelligence services.
Camp X, a secret allied training camp in Ontario, will lead to the formation of the Communications Security Establishment, and the first biological germ warfare station.
"Trainees at the camp learned sabotage techniques, subversion, intelligence gathering, lock picking, explosives training, radio communications, encode/decode, recruiting techniques for partisans, the art of silent killing and unarmed combat."
Even Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie-King will be unaware of its full purpose.
And now you know.