Let’s compare what Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Obama had to say about yesterday’s events in Ottawa and the shootings in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu on Monday.
Here is part of Harper’s televised address to Canadians:
Fellow Canadians, in the days to come, we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had, but this week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.
For good measure, Harper also said the man responsible for killing the soldier in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu was an “ISIL-inspired terrorist.”
Now here’s part of what Obama said at the White House:
We don’t yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting. We don’t yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network or plan, or whether this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions. But it emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.
Less than a week after the Canadian Parliament approves a contigent to join this country’s efforts against ISIS in Iraq, two Canadian soldiers are murdered 48 hours apart followed by an attack on the very institute that authorized the military mission. And yet Obama tells us not to jump to conclusions. Nor can he unequivocally flat out characterize these incidents as terrorism. Given that he could not do so at Fort Hood or Benghazi I guess we shouldn’t have expected anything more here.
All of this to say that it is refreshing to have a leader who is prepared to tell it like it is when it comes to Islamic fascist terrorism. In a year from now, Canadians will be going to the polls. In light of yesterday’s events, Canadian might have second thoughts about Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau who lamented that the Boston Marathon bombers felt “completely excluded” from American society while NDP leader Tom Mulcair criticized the Conservative government for correctly speculating the incident in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu was terrorism.
Canada can ill-afford to have leaders who equivocate where it concerns Islamic fascist terrorism. Unfortunately, we have such a leader here and we are paying a terrible price for his equivocation.