This week in October is truly one like no other in our Canadian history. Yes, there have been crises previously and yes, the country did fight in two World Wars and participated in other conflicts, but the acts of this past week have served to create a demand for answers and action on behalf of the federal government.
How is it possible security at parliament could be so casually breached by the same individual who had just ambushed and shot and Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Corporal Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton? Cpl Cirillo’s killer’s unimpeded entry into parliament where he engaged in a gun battle with the Sgt At Arms and parliament’s internal security team and had he known the geography of the place better, might easily have had opportunity to open fire on several member of parliament caucus meetings, demands answers. As in, how was our parliament so open to such violence? A day after the hit-and-run killing of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Quebec and knowing the threat was real, why wasn’t military security at the parliament buildings present?
Many questions. I’ll be opening the phone lines to hear yours several times on today’s show.
Also joining me the Mayor of Hamilton, Bob Bratina and Argyll and Sutherlands Highlanders Honourary Lt. Colonel Ron Foxcroft, to speak about Corporal Cirillo and the Corporal’s return to Hamilton last evening, marked by thousands of Canadians honouring the ambushed soldier, first along the Highway of Heroes and then in the City of Hamilton itself.
Major General Lewis MacKenzie will speak to the reaction within the ranks of Canada’s military, including the order about where and where not members of our Armed Forces may and may no wear their uniforms in public.
Liberal MP Scott Andrews will talk about Wednesday morning in the caucus room as the gun battle began outside the doors. MP Andrews almost came face to face with the gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.
Mubin Shaikh (undercoverjihadi.com) joins me to speak about the issue of radicalizing. Mubin Shaikh was himself a jihadi before becoming an undercover agent for CSIS and the RCMP.
Former CSIS agent and snr manager Michel Juneau-Katsuya will talk about what CSIS options and limitations are and Scott Newark, former Crown Attorney and security advisor to the federal and Ontario governments will talk about how Ottawa can protect against individuals who are on the nation’s radar as threats.
And it’s Saturday, so former Liberal MP Michelle Simson (@michellesimson), Catherine Swift from WorkingCanadians.com and Linda Leatherdale (lindaleatherdale.com) join me as they do each Saturday. Today we’ll hear their thoughts about this week.
and I’ll be opening the phone lines along the way for your reaction and the questions you want answered.