Government taking new security measures

By Kayla Fraser
Nov. 7, 2014

Sean Casey notices the new precautions being taken on Parliament Hill after the shooting Oct. 22.
On that day, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and went on a shooting spree at Parliament Hill.
The P.E.I. MP expects security will be increased for quite some time.
“The only measures visible are armed police officers at the building entrances. Others may be invisible, but are still in place,” Casey said.
“The visible precautions are warranted and likely permanent. We’re not like Washington where people are kept out with a fence.”
Zehaf-Bibeau entered the Centre Block and was shot after 14 seconds, he said.
“Our system wasn’t broken. We do have a good sense of security. It was just shakier that day.”
He knows Parliament is in good hands, he said.
P.E.I. MP Wayne Easter agrees, but some security measures should be evaluated, he said.
“There needs to be more coordination, it all needs to be looked at.”
There is higher security at Parliament Hill now, he said.
“Security has become a little more observant, more observations by the RCMP.”
Centre Block now has three armed RCMP officers on guard, instead of being unarmed, he said.
“There is an RCMP officer with a rifle outside. Some are outside stationed with weapons as well.”
In Charlottetown, police has increased in patrols around Province House and other government buildings, said deputy police chief Richard Collins.
“There are certain landmarks we’re paying attention to.”
Some buildings are more at risk than others, he said.
“It could be province house or the government buildings… we are enhancing our visibility in those areas.”