whittle down the rights and freedoms of Canadians in the name of fighting terrorism.
This would be disturbing even if it wasn't the handiwork of an utterly fascist bastard like Harper. Coming from him, however, there's no excuse for naivete.
"Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and rampaged through parliament before being shot dead.
"Addressing the House of Commons just metres away from where the gunman, a reported convert to Islam, was shot dead on Wednesday, Harper said lawmakers would expedite new powers to counter the threat of radicals."
In Harperland, dissent is extremism and all those opposed to this government's unprincipled and disastrous policies are radicals.
That's the answer to gross negligence, including leaving a young corporal with an unloaded weapon to stand Target Duty at the war memorial; just say the laws aren't good enough and exploit those deaths to gain more powers in your quest to transform Canada into an increasingly illiberal democracy.
With a man as patently unscrupulous as our prime minister, these new laws are aimed to reinforce the surveillance state that Canada has become under his rule and he'll use those powers as freely against ordinary, law-abiding Canadians who resist his wishes as he will against anyone else.
It's time the leaders of our opposition parties stood up for Canada. Demand an inquiry into what went wrong and how these deaths happened. Challenge the government in the Commons about leaving that corporal on Target Duty at the war memorial just after another soldier had been targeted and killed outside the base at St. Jean, Quebec. Demand safeguards to ensure that these supposed new powers won't be abused by this government that routinely abuses power even in defiance of the rule of law. Harper is counting on his ability and track record of cowing the opposition and it's an impressive record to be sure.