The Strategic Counsel poll conducted for The Globe and Mail and CTV found that 72 per cent of Canadians support placing video cameras in all public places, and 81 per cent favour "deporting or jailing anyone who publicly supports terrorist bombers."I'm also in favour of this.
As noted here, after the bomb threat at the TD Centre in downtown Toronto, there are no closed-circuit TV cameras in the GO Train concourse at Union Station. The bomb threat was called into police and the Globe & Mail from the prevalent banks of public telephones from within the open and very busy GO Train concourse. I don't think people would object to having cameras trained on them.
We could also take a page from Tony Blair's anti-extremism initiatives:
- New laws as planned against incitement and instigation of terrorism; that could include bomb threats made against public infrastructure
- New measures to keep people inciting hatred out of Canada, or making it more easy to deport them
I think we'd need to ensure that people are first proven to be inciting hatred within Canada before deporting them, but certainly - let's remove the threat before it becomes tragic.