Steger: Who had the right response to the Boston Marathon attack, Justin Trudeau or Stephen Harper?

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19 April, 2013
By: Debra Steger
Professor of Law, University of Ottawa and Senior Fellow, CIGI

Barack Obama and the FBI. This is a time for the police and prosecutors – the professionals – to do what they do best: investigate, find the perpetrators, work together, prepare the case against them, and bring them to justice. As with Newtown, we may never know why these individuals carried out these heinous crimes. Justin’s sympathy for the heartless bombers, however, is very worrying. In a crisis like this, a leader should be focused on bringing comfort to the victims and their families and on investigating and bringing the perpetrators – the criminals – to justice, not on devising excuses for their abhorrent behaviour.

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