It was a year ago today that Islamic terror hit Canada’s nation capitol when Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed standing guard of the National War Memorial.
The gunman proceeded down the street to Parliament Hill and gained entry into Centre Block which contains the House of Commons and Senate where he was killed by Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers and RCMP Constable Curtis Barrett.
This attack affected me on a personal level as I called Ottawa home for nearly a decade. I knew the area well as I worked as a parliamentary intern at the House of Commons for various MPs. I could visualize the gunman’s path from the War Memorial down Wellington Street to the parliament buildings having walked it numerous times.
Today, a ceremony was held at the National War Memorial where both Corporal Cirillo and Patrice Vincent (a warrant officer who was run down by an Islamist in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec two days earlier) were honored. The wreaths honoring them were laid by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau.
I still remember Trudeau’s reaction to the Boston Marathon Bombing shortly after he was chosen Liberal Party leader in which he said the bombers felt “excluded” from society and cautioned against “marginalizing even further those who already are feeling like they are enemies of society.” Now that Trudeau is days away from being in a position of actual responsibility, I can only hope that he now views those responsible for what happened in Ottawa, Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu and even in Boston are, in fact, “enemies of society” and must be dealt with as such. I hope he will understand that contrary to feeling marginal, those who commit these acts feel a sense of superiority with their desire to see the West taken over by an Islamic caliphate.
That’s probably asking a lot I know. But Trudeau’s primary obligation as Prime Minister of Canada is the safety and security of his people. If he takes that obligation seriously then he must recognize that those who are prepared to murder Canadian soldiers and his fellow parliamentarians in the name of jihad cannot be legitimized in any way, shape or form.
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