As QuÃ©bec City demonstrated, and as Burnaby may show one day, terrorism is not the sole purview of one ideological bent. We need to be open to other possibilities and let the facts dictate our response.
Governments need to figure out a way to manage this national security resource shortfall.
Terrorism in Canada and the U.S. remains an outlier despite what you might want to believe based on hyped news coverage.
Canada has deported people to countries where torture is a possibility and I cannot recall a single instance where those removed were in fact mistreated.
It is important not to overemphasize the influence or power that Canadian Freemen have. They constitute a small group and the vast majority engage in nothing more than court challenges. This is frustrating and aggravating but it does not pose a threat to the state.
The juxtaposition of illicit tobacco and terrorist financing is a cheap shot and one that should be sidelined. Even if there is a small connection, the benefits of plain packaging, which enjoys the support of every lobby group, are far more important in lowering the numbers of people who smoke.
The world is not getting any safer any time soon and if we do not adopt a more aggressive stance we will be at greater risk. CSE is part of the solution, not part of the problem.