As I am sure you all know, there was a shooting on Parliament Hill in Canada's capital, Ottawa. An unarmed soldier standing guard at the War Memorial was gunned down, and gained access to the Parliament buildings (a few hundred metres away from the momument) to in turn, be shot as he tried to inflict more damage. This is an event that would shake any nation. It's a horrifying thing to think that one of your own citizens would do such an act. In the immediate aftermath, there was considerable bi-partisanship on the part of all three major parties -- much hugging ensued. It didn't take long for the government to moot the idea of increased spying and intelligence gathering on its own citizens. For the most part there appears to be two trains of thought coming out of this event, and it is not yet certain which will be acendent. One the one hand, you have people such as conservative commentator, Rex Murphy playing the terrorists will not be tolerated line: Rex Murphy on the Ottawa shooting - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News On the other, you have those take a position that increased surveillance would have done nothing to stop one mentally ill shooter. Ian Mulgrew: Ottawa attack reveals gaping holes in social safety net Two very different points of view. As a Canadian, I am trusting our nation to stay calm and not buy into the idea that we need to listen to Stephen Harper and his law and order drivel. I stand for a Canada that learns from the past. During the October Crisis in the early 70s, we enacted marshall law. It was not a bright moment in Canada's history. That said, the same Prime Minister that enacted that law, less than 10 years later, enacted the powerful Charter of Rights and Freedoms. More law and order isn't what's required. A stronger social safety net is.