We need better security on Parliament Hill, esp. as regards entry into the buildings. I realize it’ll make it even more of a pain in the ass to visit; I had to wait for ages in a long line when I last visited there in 2012, and it will be even longer, but if need be, oh well. Better than altogether closing it to the public, as with Stormont in Belfast.
And why should we have guards at the National War Memorial? I visited it in 2013 and there certainly weren’t any the day I was there, so they’re not even stationed all the time. Why bother? I recall the incident of vandalization a few years back, but I’m not sure that warrants stationing ceremonial guards there; if it does, then arm them, for Pete’s sake! And station them 24/7, else it’s just for show – and not worth risking a soldier’s life.
As for homegrown folks converting to Islam and dreaming of joining IS, not sure what we can do to dissuade crazy folks. Maybe better to let them leave the country and renounce their Canadian citizenship over there, than revoke their passports here, as we know happened with the guy in Montreal who killed the Canadian soldier earlier in the week, who decided to carry out terrorism here instead, giving us two incidences of terrorism here in Canada in a week.
Let the fuckers go.