I wrote this on my stations Facebook page after last weeks shooting in Ottawa.
Today is a very heartbreaking day for all Canadians, as we try to process the attack on our Nation and the tragedy surrounding Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who lost his life standing by a memorial for those who have done the same.
I’m also devastated to hear people say that things will never be the same. There is some truth to that, I just hope it doesn’t change the spirit of Parliament Hill and our beautiful country.
While in most other parts of the world you’re not allowed near the main government building, Parliament Hill is where people go to play frisbee. People are free to protest and celebrate there, and on 4/20 thousands of people go there to smoke pot without any interference from police. Not only that, they hand out Doritos.
How many other countries would allow that to happen?
My favourite story of Parliament Hill is that Tom Green, before he was famous, would often announce on his late night radio show that he wanted to get a game of soccer going. Then in the middle of the night, Tom and random strangers would get together on Parliament Hill and play until the sun came up.
To me that’s as Canadian as it gets.
I know things will have to change after today, I just hope it doesn’t change us.