Only 36% of Canadians Would Call Ottawa Shooting A Terrorist Attack
The question of whether Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s attack on Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was caused by mental illness or religious fundamentalism has been at the center of many heated conversations.
In a national poll, 38% of those surveyed believed that Michael Bibeau’s shooting in Ottawa was a result of mental illness.
Only 36% of those surveyed believed it was a terrorist attack.
Twenty-five per cent weren’t sure.
While speaking with reporters at the first caucus meeting after the Ottawa shooting, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said that at that time he would not label Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s killing of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial during his attack on Parliament Hill as an act of terrorism.
Mulcair stressed that his opinion on the tragic events in Ottawa are based on reports of Bibeau struggling with mental health issues.
The survey took place Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, shortly after the dismay of Canadians witnessing back-to-back lethal assaults on Canadian soldiers in Ontario and Quebec.
Eighty-seven per cent of those surveyed said they would support more training for mental health workers to identify signs of radicalization.
The national poll also found that just over half of respondents support new anti-terror legislation that boosts powers of Canada’s spies.
What do you think is the reason for this tragedy at our nations capital? Is it a result of mental instability or religious fundamentalism? Was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau a Terrorist, or was he suffering from a mental illness?