Friday, March 04, 2005

Harper on not politicizing the RCMP tragedy

For once I agree with Stephen Harper.

From today's Globe and Mail,

“It is too early to make links between this tragic event and public policy, he said.

"Yesterday's deaths are, of course, a painful reminder that law enforcement is a dangerous business, that these people put their lives on the line every single day so that Canadians can live in a high degree of security and safety," Mr. Harper told a press conference in Ottawa on Friday.

While the Tories do not support the federal Liberal bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, Mr. Harper said, he called it dangerous to relate Thursday's shooting to changing Canada's laws.
(read the rest here). See also here.

But I’m wondering why folks immediately jumped on marijuana as the cause of these murders. Why hasn’t anyone mentioned anything about guns?

But still, this is a terrible tragedy and should not be used for political fodder.

Read the RCMP statement here.

Prime Minister Martin's response (I couldn't link to it):

“It is with great sorrow that I have learned of the tragic deaths of four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers today in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta.

The Deputy Prime Minister has spoken with the Commissioner of the RCMP and is following the situation closely.

Canadians are shocked by this brutality, and join me in condemning the violent acts that brought about these deaths.

This terrible event is a reminder of the sacrifice and bravery of the men and women who serve in our national police force, and of the dangerous circumstances which they often confront, in order to make Canada a safer place.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to express my condolences to the families of the officers who were killed as they carried out their duty in enforcing the law and protecting the public.

At this moment of difficulty and loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.”

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