Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre has apparently taken the memo from his boss not to “commit sociology” or think too hard about what causes terrorism.
“The root causes of terrorism is terrorists,” Poilevre said bluntly on CBC’s Power & Politics Thursday.
Poilievre, part of a panel debating the politics of terror in Canada, slammed rookie Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s comments in the wake of the Boston bombings.
Trudeau told CBC’s Peter Mansbridge that he would seek to look at the “root causes” of terrorism in the wake of an attack.
“There is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded,” Trudeau said. “Completely at war with innocents. At war with a society. And our approach has to be, where do those tensions come from?"
The Liberal leader’s response was mocked by Conservatives who believe it is further evidence he is, as the attack ads suggest, “in over his head.”
On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the foiled terror plot to attack a Via Rail train and the connected arrests of Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser.
Harper said he wouldn't want to convey any view to the Canadian public other than “utter condemnation” of violence.
“This is not a time to commit sociology, if I can use an expression,” Harper said.
CBC host Evan Solomon asked Poilievre to elaborate on Harper’s position and seemed taken aback by Poilievre’s jibe.
“Really? That’s it?” Solomon asked. “The root cause of terrorism is terrorists? That’s it? You have no other cause?”
“That’s right,” Poilievre said. “The root cause of terrorism is terrorists.”
The Tory MP’s bumper-sticker response was quickly mocked on Twitter. You can see some of best the reactions in the gallery below.