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Canadian spy watchdog chief resigns over lobbying claims

The head of Canada's spy watchdog resigned on Friday amid conflict of interest accusations.

OTTAWA: The head of Canada's spy watchdog resigned on Friday amid conflict of interest accusations.

Chuck Strahl, a former conservative member of parliament, came under fire for his work as a lobbyist for Enbridge, a Canadian energy delivery company.

He served as head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee that reports to parliament on the operations of the Canadian spy service.

In a statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he had accepted Strahl's resignation and that it was "effective immediately".

Strahl's ties to Enbridge caused critics to suspect that he provided the company with valuable information about the activities of indigenous people who oppose the building of an oil pipeline from Alberta province to the Pacific Coast in British Columbia.

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