Canada column for Sunday, Oct. 26/14
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Life as Canadians have known it has changed after a terrorist’s rampage in the nation’s capital and two soldiers being run down by a car in Quebec.
Canada has prided itself as a haven of civility with its government buildings quite freely open along with easy access to politicians.
Giving Prime Minister Stephen Harper around-the-clock Mountie protection and a major review of security on Parliament Hill are among the first measures.
This follows a rampage Wednesday by Michael Zehaf Bibeau, 32, who killed a soldier at the National War Memorial and then ran through the halls of the Parliament building shooting a rifle, wounding three people.
Harper has drawn a link between the gunman’s actions and international terrorism.
“We live in a dangerous world – we will be prudent, we will not run scared,” he said.
It is believed that Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers, 58, a former Mountie, shot and killed Bibeau.
Martin Couture-Rouleau, called a radicalized Muslim, ran down two Canadian soldiers in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., on Monday killing one of them, before being killed by police.
Politicians, police forces and intelligence officials are assessing security around the Parliament, at Armed Forces bases and across the country.