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Current threat scenario is serious, requires a more adult conversation

By Phil Gurski      

CSIS and the RCMP do a terrible job of explaining to average citizens why they need the accesses they do. In the absence of understanding, comes a lack of trust and a lack of trust leads to further lack of understanding. There has to be a better way.

Police officers, pictured in Ottawa on Oct. 22, 2014, the day of the shootings on the Hill and at the National War Memorial. The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash
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One of the great Canadian novels of the 20th century was Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan. It is the story of the troubles between Canada’s two European founding nations—the French and the English (both had been preceded by the First Nations thousands of years earlier). The phrase “two solitudes” has entered Canadian English as a synopsis of the relations between the English and the French. Different languages, different backgrounds, different cultures, different ways of seeing the world. I

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