From the backbench

Glen Pearson considers the last 24 hours in Toronto.

If Stephen Harper made a mistake on this, it was likely in his decision to move the summit to Toronto rather than some remote place, like a military base. In so doing, he stripped businesses of vital income for two weeks. To add to that loss must now be added the physical damage created by the Black Bloc. Those firms must be compensated for a loss they had no way to prevent.

But the Prime Minister never caused the destruction yesterday. That was left up to a kind of criminal DNA that was not only “un-Canadian,” but deeply unjust. And justice will only be served when their actions receive their due punishment. Thoreau would be sickened.