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NDP, Liberals suspicious of timing on alleged terrorism plot arrests Monday and anti-terrorism bill debate in House

The New Democrats say they suspect the federal government may have had an advantage Monday when it began debate over controversial anti-terrorism legislation at the same time—disclosed only later in the day— that the RCMP were planning a news conference to disclose the first arrests on alleged terrorism-related charges in Canada since 2010.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, pictured in this file photo, announced on Monday afternoon shortly after the RCMP said they had arrested two men accused of plotting to attack a Via Rail passenger train. Mr. Toews said the arrests ‘demonstrate that terrorism continues to be a real threat to Canada.’

PARLIAMENT HILL—The New Democrats and Liberals say they suspect the federal government may have had an advantage Monday when it began debate over controversial anti-terrorism legislation at the same time—disclosed only later in the day—that the RCMP were planning a news conference to disclose the first arrests on alleged terrorism-related charges in Canada since 2010.

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NDP, Liberals suspicious of timing on alleged terrorism plot arrests Monday and anti-terrorism bill debate in House

The New Democrats say they suspect the federal government may have had an advantage Monday when it began debate over controversial anti-terrorism legislation at the same time—disclosed only later in the day— that the RCMP were planning a news conference to disclose the first arrests on alleged terrorism-related charges in Canada since 2010.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, pictured in this file photo, announced on Monday afternoon shortly after the RCMP said they had arrested two men accused of plotting to attack a Via Rail passenger train. Mr. Toews said the arrests ‘demonstrate that terrorism continues to be a real threat to Canada.’

PARLIAMENT HILL—The New Democrats and Liberals say they suspect the federal government may have had an advantage Monday when it began debate over controversial anti-terrorism legislation at the same time—disclosed only later in the day—that the RCMP were planning a news conference to disclose the first arrests on alleged terrorism-related charges in Canada since 2010.

  

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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