RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson's timing couldn't be more obvious. Right smack dab in the middle of the controversy over the Harper government's Bill C-51 Paulson dumps the video of Michael Zehaf Bibeau, or most of it anyway. In it the Ottawa gunman announces he's going to kill a soldier in protest of what Canada had been doing in Afghanistan and what it was going to do in Iraq. He even used the "jihad" word.
This is supposed to prove that Canada needs C-51 even if it compromises our individual rights and freedoms. After all the RCMP or our secret police would never go out of bounds, would they? No, of course not.
Nobody, from Paulson all the way down to the Loudmouth Liberal, wants to show what C-51 would have done to thwart the Ottawa gunman. How would it have stopped him? If Paulson knows he isn't saying. No one else is either. Did the murder occur because of a failure of our laws, something that was missing, some power our police and security services lacked?
Surely if they're going to trot out this killing as justification for C-51, they should be able to convincingly demonstrate that C-51 would have made a difference, some real difference.
No, the gunman's video is the bright shiny thing, the distraction. It's being used to excuse C-51, not to justify it. It's being used to confound the public and there's a lot of people highly susceptible to that.