Canada not ready for ter­ror, report says

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TORONTO — A shoot­ing ram­page by a lone gun­man at Par­lia­ment in Oc­to­ber proved to be a “grim re­minder that Canada is ill­pre­pared” to stop ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the cap­i­tal, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice report re­leased Wed­nes­day.

The On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice report said the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice pro­vided “highly in­ad­e­quate” se­cu­rity on Par­lia­ment Hill in Ottawa when Michael Ze­haf-Bibeau en­tered the grounds on Oct. 22. Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Gilles Michaud said missed op­por­tu­ni­ties to stop Ze­haf-Bibeau from en­ter­ing the build­ing were a re­sult of sys­temic prob­lems rather than hu­man er­ror.

Ze­haf-Bibeau shot to death Cpl. Nathan Cir­illo, who was as­signed to the honor guard at Canada’s na­tional war me­mo­rial. He then stormed Par­lia­ment, where he was slain af­ter a nearly two-minute as­sault.

The report in­di­cates that in the early mo­ments of the in­ci­dent the Moun­ties were hes­i­tant to en­ter the build­ing “due to di­rec­tives to never en­ter the build­ing armed.”

The report says the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice’s abil­ity to pro­tect Par­lia­ment Hill has been stretched by bud­get cuts im­posed in 2012 by the Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment. The report cites a lack of “op­er­a­tional pre­pared­ness,” in­clud­ing plan­ning, train­ing and re­sources.

Prob­lems faced by the po­lice in­clude the pub­lic’s “un­re­stricted ac­cess” to the grounds, as well as the de­sire of mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and se­na­tors to have “unim­peded ac­cess” to the leg­isla­tive cham­bers.

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