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Transnational Crime And Canada: A Historical And Contemporary Perspective

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Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Room 415 Sobey Building

Halifax, NS B3H 1G3

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Despite the enduring characterization of Canada as a historically law-abiding nation, the country has a long history of organized crime, much of which is transnational in nature. Smuggling, in particular, has long been a mainstay of well-organized criminal groups operating within and outside of Canada. Perhaps there is no other country in the world with the “perfect storm” of conditions that promotes widespread smuggling. This presentation will examine transnational organized crime affecting Canada in both historical and contemporary terms, including Canada’s well-established role as a source or transit country for illegal drugs, illegal migrants, deceitful mass marketing, counterfeit goods, and other contraband.

A central thesis put forth in this presentation is that organized and transnational crime have shaped Canada and Canadian history more than most people expect.

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Dr. Stephen Schneider is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University, with expertise in organized crime dating back to the late 1980s. He is the author of five books, including the best-selling Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada. He has conducted numerous studies on this topic for such federal agencies as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Department of Justice Canada, Industry Canada, as well as Public Safety Canada. Prior to this, he worked as a researcher and policy analyst in the Drugs and Major Crimes Section of the Ministry of the Solicitor General of Canada.

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Halifax, NS B3H 1G3

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