Last week, there were two separate incidence of political violence in this country. First in Montreal, and then in Ottawa, with the killing of a reservist at the War Memorial and then a shooting spree in Centre Block of Parliament.
There have been numerous pundits, Op-Eds, and other demonstrations of sense making — some useful and some not so useful. Last week, we read Walkom’s attempt in the Toronto Star to use history as a means to support his argument and his understanding of the events on October 22nd. Here is Jian Ghomeshi, recently fired form the CBC, trying to make sense of the day’s events:
Let’s take a look at history and the history of political violence in this country. Below, share with us a time in Canadian history that resembled or did not resemble this situation. How was it different? How as it the same? How did governments, the media, and the public react? How does your research, thinking, and processing help make sense of last week’s events? Be honest. Do your research. It matters.
To help us along, here are the words of Prime Minster Harper, the leader of the Opposition, and other opposition parties: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-shooting-harper-mulcair-trudeau-speak-about-attack-1.2809530
Lastly, for it’s worth, here is Russell Brand deconstructing the words of our Prime Minister and analyzing the media framing of the events: