The man who committed the murder of a soldier un Québec was suffering from severe depression. He had a business that had just tanked. His wife divorced him and she cut off his right to partial custody of his child. People can be very easily influenced while suffering from depression and they can be led to things out of desperation, which was probably what happened here.
The man who attacked the parliament came from a poor family who could barely afford their basic needs and he was an addict to crack cocaine, who tried several times to seek help and even committed small crimes so he could be put in jail to help him fight off his addiction. And every single time he would be thrown out in the street and be told to stay out of trouble. He wasn't a terrorist. But, because he had converted to Islam and went to a mosque a few times, suddenly he's linked to ISIS and jihadists. I refuse to believe he was such a person. I think he was desperate for attention and for help and he probably believed that the ultimate way to do so would be to get a gun and get into the parliament to stir a huge fucking shit storm. And he succeeded.
Now, instead of examining what the source of the problem was in these incidents, we immediately jump to conclusions involving jihadists, radical Islamic extremists and terrorist organisations. Instead, what we truly need is a functional system that provides mental health services to such individuals to prevent such desperate acts from happening, and leading such individuals towards recovery.
It's a damn shame that the Prime Minister used these events to push his agenda of giving more power to our surveillance agencies whom are already snooping around ordinary citizens' communications and of giving an aggressive role to our soldiers and sending them to wage "war against terror" instead of having a more passive role of providing medical help, supplies and protection to those in need.