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Here is the partial text, in English, of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's statement recorded on his cell phone, shortly before he shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, in Ottawa, on October 22, 2014, as provided by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.
"To those who are involved and listen to this movie, this is in retaliation for Afghanistan and because Harper wants to send his troops to Iraq.
So we are retaliating, the Mujahedin of this world.
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For the opposition parties, the lack of effective oversight for Canada's spies and police in the government's new anti-terrorism legislation is one serious flaw.
It is not the only one, however.
In a CBC Radio interview on Thursday morning, former Conservative Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day tried to claim that the opposition parties have not said what, substantively, they would change in the proposed legislation, Bill C-51.
We were just getting somewhere toward the end of Wednesday afternoon's debate on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Rube Goldberg-ish monster of an anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51, when the Speaker had to cut it off for lack of time.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who took the floor after more than two hours of back and forth in the House, was going over the criminal code amendments in Bill C-51.
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Rob Nicholson, Stephen Harper's new Foreign Affairs Minister, is not only fluently unilingual, he has never shown much in the way of charm, affability, wit or any other of the skills one normally associates with diplomacy.
His personality in the House of Commons could be summed up in two words: dry and sour.