Those still intoxicated by the dream of a world without Harper don't want the fresh perfume of Trudeaumania to be erased by the cold facts of reality. But it's time to acknowledge some hard truths.
Immediately after the Brussels attacks, a Waterloo engineering student was arrested by the RCMP. It's not the first time the security establishment has taken advantage of a climate of fear.
Instead of questioning the mandates and core practices of secretive, unaccountable security agencies, efforts are underway to save the system by putting up some nice-looking window dressing.
Last week, a private terrorism blacklist called World-Check was brought to light, raising questions about who is being targeted in its database, and why.
FINTRAC is a financial intelligence unit whose mandate and practice quietly touch just about every resident of the country -- raising major privacy concerns in the process.
Harper stated that the government is "looking at additional powers to make sure security agencies have the range of tools available." But what will these powers actually do?
When it comes to Canada's security agencies, it is clear who threatens national security in the same way it is clear who threatens the birds when cats are placed in their cages.
Unwarranted surveillance is our new reality. The Canadian Security Establishment is the governmental entity conducting this type of spying, not on one Canadian in particular, but on all Canadians.