Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Is it a crisis yet?

   Whether this week's deadly attacks on Canadian Forces members in Ottawa and St. Jean-sur-Richelieu are organized acts of war by committed jihadists or self-motivated copy cat rampages by disenfranchised and deranged social misfits, there's no longer any question that Canada is in the grips of a terrorism-related national security threat.  Anyone still arguing otherwise is more than likely motivated by a political agenda that stands to suffer from the possibility of strong and decisive leadership from the Harper government in a time of crisis. Meanwhile, the tinfoil hat crowd already theorizing that the crisis is a conspiracy manufactured by the Conservatives for political gain are too detached from reality to be ashamed of themselves, so they're best ignored. 
   To this point, the government has been cautious and even-handed in its handling of the homegrown terror threat.  Dozens of radicalized ISIS sympathizers across the country have been identified, but subjected to nothing more serious than surveillance and travel restrictions.  Even in the wake of today's attack on Parliament - the very symbol of Canadian democracy - the response has so far been methodical and by the book. 
   If the government has a breaking point for extraordinary measures that would suspend civil liberties, it hasn't been reached yet.  Contrast that measured response with how the government of the day responded during the FLQ crisis in October 1970, when hundreds of people were arrested and jailed without charges after the War Measures Act was invoked...by Pierre Trudeau.    
   The mind boggles at the irony. 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Ted,
    I used to listen to you and Terry before I moved from Montreal.
    I believe Martial Law (War Measures Act) was killed upon the ratification of the new constitution (or everybody, but Quebec).
    I could be wrong, but I don't think think Harper has the tools Trudeau had (Not sure if I can use IRONIC to state that Harper cannot do what Trudeau did, because Trudeau changed the laws).

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  2. A true son of Canada stands in respect of our past hero’s, only to be taken by insanity, leaving a son and family to cry tears of past memories. I shed tears for this innocent young man as if he was my own, because all those that willingly stand for our freedom are our sons and should always remain in our thoughts and prayers.

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