Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Public Eyes on Parliament Shooting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Public Eyes on Parliament Shooting

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Editorial Exchange: Public eyes on Parliament shooting

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An editorial from the Winnipeg Free Press, published Dec. 3:

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has some explaining to do, and it would be best done by video -- the release, that is, of the security tape that captured the final moments of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man who stormed Parliament Hill in October after shooting dead a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial. Questions about how the shooter got past Hill security still need answering, more than a month after the event.

Canadians should not have to take the RCMP's account at face value. But this, now, is what the commissioner is telling Canadians, and told the House of Commons committee that passed Bill C-44 on Monday. (The bill would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service stronger investigative tools and permit the immigration minister to revoke citizenship faster from dual citizens convicted of terrorism and treason.)

Shortly after Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was shot and killed in the alcove of the doors of the Library of Parliament Oct. 22, the commissioner told Canadians the security footage would be released and that he would try to see it was done expeditiously. On Monday, however, he said Canadians might get a redacted version of the transcript of what happened in the Centre Block where MPs were filing into their caucus rooms along the Hall of Honour.

This was mere minutes after the shooter killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing as an honour guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, across the street from the Parliament Buildings. He then raced to the stone gates where he got past police, stole a vehicle and drove the short distance to the Peace Tower entrance to Centre Block.

Ottawa police received a 911 call after Cpl. Cirillo was killed, but no warning call was made to the RCMP, responsible for security on the grounds, or to Parliament security, with responsibility for the buildings themselves. …

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