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.