Everybody loves Canadians. Sadly, the reality is not quite everybody. If there is anything that the events of the last few days has brought to the fore, it is that there are people in this world who just flat hate. They hate people who are not like them, who do not believe as they do, that have the audacity to actively or passively disagree with their beliefs. It is not a “degree of dislike thing”, it is a binary thing. It is a sad bit of reality, but seeing it visited upon Canada is all the more wrenching. In times of difficulty, it is the leader who sets the tone, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done that in clear, concise language.
“This week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world,” Harper said in his address to the nation. “We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and our institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all. But let there be no misunderstanding. We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.”
There are many things a leader needs to be, but at the very top of that list stands honesty. A leader must speak the truth. Sometimes, the message might need a bit of “toning”, but at critical moments, when times are tough, a clear message, spoken in plain language, in all its truth, is the sure sign of a leader. Prime Minister Harper set the standard.