New powers for Canada’s spy agency proposed in Friday’s sweeping anti-terror would bring the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service closer to the disbanded law-enforcement agency it replaced three decades ago.

At the moment, CSIS is a spy agency with no enforcement powers. When CSIS agents suspect criminal activity, they pass on their findings to the RCMP to investigate, and to lay charges if needed.

The separation between spies and police came about in 1984, after a decade of nefarious activities by the Mounties, who had run a separate intelligence branch since 1936.

via CSIS: A short history of Canada’s spy agency | Ottawa Citizen.