Police, intelligence agents need more power, says MP Rob Moore
Fundy-Royal MP was at Parliament during Ottawa shootings Wednesday
Minister of State for ACOA and New Brunswick Conservative MP Rob Moore says police and intelligence agents need increased powers to protect citizens against individuals and organized violent groups.
His comments come on the heels of a soldier being shot while on guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday. Moore was with Conservative caucus members in the centre block of Parliament when shots erupted outside their meeting room door.
"You hear people say, 'This can't happen in Canada,' until it does, and to say, 'Well, this can't happen in New Brunswick, Canada.' We don't want to go down that path," said Moore, who is now back in his riding of Fundy-Royal.
The path is to be on alert, and to ensure that our security apparatus, both from an intelligence and policing perspective, have the tools they need to protect Canadians.- Fundy-Royal MP Rob Moore
"The path is to be on alert, and to ensure that our security apparatus, both from an intelligence and policing perspective, have the tools they need to protect Canadians."
Moore says such attacks, by a lone gunman or an organized group, are intended to make people fearful.
He says his government will take steps to ensure Canadians feel safe in their day to day lives.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said new laws that give government agents 'additional tools' will be fast tracked in the House of Commons.
CBC News reported on Friday the federal government is examining the current legal limits on arresting individuals before they act out violently.
Harper and Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson attended a ceremony Friday to pay respect to slain soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and mark the return of two ceremonial guards to the National War Memorial.
Cpl. Daniel Germaine and Cpl. Mark Daigle, Afghanistan veterans from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment based at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown in Oromocto, N.B., marched to their posts just after 2 p.m. local time.
A military funeral for Cirillo is planned for Tuesday in Hamilton.
House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who is a Miramichi native, has been lauded as a hero for shooting the assailant who killed Cirillo. Vickers was honoured in Parliament on Thursday with an extended standing ovation.