OTTAWA — Canadians will get a chance today to see the video Michael Zehaf Bibeau made last October before he killed a soldier at the National War Memorial and died in a hail of gunfire inside the Parliament Buildings.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson will use an open meeting of the House of Commons public safety committee to provide an update into the investigation of the Oct. 22 attack that killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
In a short letter to committee chairman Daryl Kramp, Paulson says he will “display and discuss the video” and provide members with the latest on the RCMP probe.
Paulson asked Kramp that the meeting be open to the public and broadcast live.
Pressure has been mounting to release the video so Canadians can have a first-hand glimpse into Zehaf Bibeau’s state of mind prior to the attack.
Last month, the public safety committee, while affirming the RCMP’s operational independence in conducting probes, invited Paulson to appear at his earliest convenience to display and discuss the video.
A similar request from the Senate security committee recently followed.
In the days following the attack, Paulson said he wanted Canadians to see what he described as footage of Zehaf Bibeau explaining his actions in a deliberate and lucid manner.
Paulson described his comments as being rooted in his religious beliefs and opinion of Canada’s foreign policy.
Paulson said the video was made by Zehaf Bibeau himself and was recovered from a device belonging to the gunman, who was shot dead in Parliament Hill’s Centre Block.
The top Mountie later seemed to have a change of heart, saying that while some transcripts of the contents might be provided to the public, he didn’t think the video would ever be released.
The attack — coupled with the death in Quebec two days earlier of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was fatally run down by an attacker with jihadist sympathies — spurred the federal government to introduce controversial new anti-terror legislation that aims to broaden the mandate of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
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