Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: On the Job the Day After

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: On the Job the Day After

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Editorial Exchange: On the job the day after

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An editorial from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, published Oct. 23:

Parliament got back to work Thursday. That was probably the best single thing our elected representatives could do to demonstrate that democratic government in Canada is not going to be disrupted or intimidated by acts of violence or terrorism, not even when gunfire has violated the Parliament buildings themselves.

Given the harrowing events MPs and staffers lived through Wednesday -- when gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau died in a shootout with House of Commons security personnel in the Centre Block Hall of Honour, a few feet from packed caucus rooms -- it was an admirable show of determination, defiance and gravitas by our parliamentarians.

Rebounding from a highly stressful day marked by danger, uncertainty and lockdowns, MPs came together in the Commons on Thursday to make national confidence-building the first order of parliamentary business. Hats off to them. They did the nation proud.

There was also much to admire in what was said.

The proceedings began with a desk-thumping ovation to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, the RCMP veteran who courageously led the security forces in taking down the shooter, and who looked moved but a little uncomfortable with all the attention. There were heartfelt tributes from all party leaders for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the young honour guard murdered at the National War Memorial, and W.O. Patrice Vincent, murdered in Quebec on Monday by another radicalized Canadian jihadist. "These beautiful guys," Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the slain soldiers in a phrase borrowed from Don Cherry.

The leaders also rose to the occasion in reflecting on a national solidarity worthy of the soldiers and heroes they were honouring -- and in literally embracing each other on the floor of the House. …

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