POLITICS

'You're not even safe in your own land,' gunman warns in chilling video

03/06/2015 05:35 EST | Updated 05/06/2015 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - Some of what was said Friday about the investigation into the Oct. 22 attack on Parliament Hill, Michael Zehaf Bibeau's cellphone-video manifesto and how Canadians perceive the threat of terrorism at home and abroad:

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"We are retaliating, the mujahedeen of this world. Canada's officially become one of our enemies by fighting and bombing us and creating a lot of terror in our countries and killing us and killing our innocents. So, just aiming to hit some soldiers just to show that you're not even safe in your own land, and you gotta be careful." — Michael Zehaf Bibeau in a cellphone video before the shooting that killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and left the gunman himself dead in the hallways of Parliament's Centre Block.

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"If Zehaf Bibeau had not been killed but rather taken into custody, we would have charged him with terrorist offences.... The RCMP believes on the evidence that Zehaf Bibeauwas a terrorist." — RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson in his opening remarks to the House of Commons public safety committee.

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"The reality is there's a war being conducted by international terrorists, by jihadist terrorists, and we have to be strong, we have to recognize who they are and we have to participate in an international effort to eradicate the threat that they represent and we've got to do things in Canada — including amending our terror legislation to make sure that Canadians are protected. So that's an issue which you normally don't think about in the context of an election, but it's emerged as something that Canadians are concerned about." — Finance Minister Joe Oliver.

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"I really don't want to use this incident specifically to sort of justify that. We can do a lot of 'what-ifs' and 'wish-I-could'ves,' but in terms of bringing conditions, in our submission what the government is providing that we've asked for is a lowered threshold in respect of peace bonds, which is not terribly unreasonable, in terms of demonstrating a person's radical aberrant behaviour, and saying that we need to put some conditions on this person's movement, and then supporting that with the proper oversight." — Paulson when asked after the hearing whether the government's proposed new anti-terror legislation would have helped prevent the attack.

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"What we heard very clearly was the RCMP commissioner saying that existing legislation was adequate to deal with this incident both in terms of investigation and charging. And this has been one of the government's key arguments, is that there's some key gap that needs to be filled and I think we heard directly the opposite from the commissioner here today. So we will continue to ask those tough questions about what is the connection between the threats we really face and the things that are proposed in C-51." — NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison, when asked whether what Paulson said would undermine New Democrat opposition to the government's anti-terrorism bill.

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"Yes, I do think it does.... We need to do all we can to ensure that we prevent incidents from happening." — Liberal public safety critic Wayne Easter, when asked if the video boosts the government's case for the anti-terrorism bill.

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"I can confirm that the autopsy toxicology screen on Zehaf Bibeau's remains was negative for drugs and alcohol. Neither did we uncover any evidence of drug or alcohol use by him in the period leading up to his attack." — RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson in his briefing on the investigation into Michael Zehaf Bibeau's deadly Ottawa attack.

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"I think it's obvious that the attacks in October were at least inspired by the insane vision of ISIL. And a genocidal terrorist organization that has explicitly — and on several occasions — said that it's targeting Canada, encouraged people to kill Canadians, to commit terrorist attacks in this country. So, I think it would be extremely naive to believe that hasn't had some impact. And that is one of the reasons why we're combating ISIL in Iraq." — Defence Minister Jason Kenney.

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"The entire sort of jihadist movement is an inspiring sort of state of being that is attracting and developing some of these individuals." — Paulson on how Zehaf Bibeau was likely influenced.

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"Terrorist groups have threatened attacks in Canada for a long time, including prior to our mission against ISIL. This video is a stark reminder of how Canadians must remain vigilant against the real threat of terrorism at home and abroad." — a statement from Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.

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"I think there were opportunities for some people to have recognized behaviour that ought to have been reported to the authorities." — Paulson on the people who were close to Zehaf Bibeau and should have seen warning signs.