British fire brand comedian Russell Brand was scathing in his critique of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the nation on the tragedy which took place in Ottawa last week.
Prime Minister Harper’s speech came after a soldier guarding a hallowed war memorial was gunned down in Canada’s capital. Shots were then fired in the halls of the country’s Parliament minutes later.
The shooting left lawmakers barricaded inside offices and parts of the city on lockdown for hours as police searched for suspects.
When all the dust settled, the Prime Minister sought to reassure Canadians it was safe to go back to business as normal.
“In the days to come, we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had, but this week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere in the world,” Harper said. “Let there be no misunderstanding: We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.”
Brand, however, was not happy with the speech given by Harper and he made no bones about it in his commentary dubbed The Trews on YouTube.
“The incidents in Ottawa are being used to advance a narrative that will not only entitle them to further wars abroad, but will entitle them to inhibit our freedoms,” said Brand.
According to Brand, “It’s a very familiar and recognizable type of speech.” He further said, “When these things happen, it’s an attack on all of us. Is it, really? I know that’s what you’re saying, but where’s the evidence?”
Brand also sought to contrast the political reaction to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s slaying at the National War Memorial with the reaction after Justin Bourque’s shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B. earlier this year, in which three RCMP officers were gunned down.
Brand made the point that the Moncton shooting didn’t gain as much attention from Harper because it was perpetrated by a disaffected white Canadian rather than someone believed to have ties to a perceived foreign enemy.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Senior Fellow
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