Mulcair Says Ottawa Shooting Not a Terrorist Act

New Democrat Leader, Thomas Mulcair, has alleged that he does not thinks killing of a solider at the National War Memorial and the attack on Parliament Hill by a gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, could be regarded as a terrorist act. After attending an NDP caucus meeting held in the same room where MPs were locked down in a week earlier, Mulcair addressed the media and stated that “I don’t think that we have enough evidence to use that word.”

Mulcair explained to have made his opinion on reports alleging that Zehaf-Bibeau was struggling with mental illness, for which he had tried to seek help. Mulcair alleged that “if that turns out to be the case, I think we are not in the presence of a terrorist act in the sense that we would understand it and I think we have to be very careful with the use of the word terrorism, make sure that’s actually what we are dealing with.”

Whereas on the other hand, the Conservative government, the RCMP and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have all described the attack as terrorism. Explaining his point of view, Mulcair alleged that “it doesn’t take away from the horror of what took place. It doesn’t make it any less criminal, but I think there is a distinction to be used and when you look at the background of the individual and what was actually going on, that the use of that word was not the appropriate one. That’s our point of view. That’s my point of view.”

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