We live in a world obsessed with terrorism, but Canada doesn’t have a terrorism problem
We have the good fortune in the Great White North of having witnessed a grand total of two deaths at the hands of terrorists since 9/11. When this figure is compared to the numbers of victims of drug overdoses, domestic abuse, or even throughout the MMIW tragedy, it is hard not to conclude that terrorism is an insignificant blip in our country and suggests that we need to focus resources elsewhere to deal with vastly larger social ills and threats.
Terrorism here is a blessedly tiny problem and one that will most likely remain insignificant. Furthermore, moving to underemphasize or even eliminate terrorism offences would not have that much of an impact on the agencies tasked with investigating—and thwarting—it: they could continue to collect intelligence (CSIS) and evidence (RCMP) to the same degree. The only real difference is what to do with the evidence when it comes time to lay criminal charges. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade