From a citizen jumping into the back of an RCMP cruiser, preventing the officer from pursuing the shooter, to the officer’s radio message getting garbled because she may not have pressed down her radio button hard enough – there are many things that could have been done to prevent Michael Zehaf Bibeau’s attack on Parliament Hill last October.
This from an Ontario Provincial Police report, which says Canada is ill-prepared to stop any kind of future terrorist attacks. It’s one of four reports released today. Canadian Press reporter Terry Pedwell spoke with Simi Sara today about details in the report.
“…there was a sequence of events that the Ontario Provincial Police point to, to say that this actually could have been prevented had it not been for that sequence of events.”
Funding cuts to RCMP contributed to the chaos
According to Pedwell, the government cut funding to the RCMP in 2012, “and the report says the fact the funding was cut caused a lack of resources, caused a lack of training for people who are responsible for security on Parliament Hill.”
Whether the events were a result of systemic problems or human errors, the reports raise questions about security that need to be answered by the government. Especially since the RCMP is now tasked with overseeing all security at Parliament Hill.
Listen to the full interview with Associated Press reporter, Terry Pedwell: