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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, is seen in an undated picture from the Vancouver Police Department released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Oct. 25, 2014. (Reuters)
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, is seen in an undated picture from the Vancouver Police Department released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Oct. 25, 2014. (Reuters)

Is the Ottawa shooter a criminal or terrorist? Mulcair's comments open debate Add to ...

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says terrorism is not the right word to describe last week’s attack on Parliament Hill.

“It doesn’t take away from the horror of what took place. It doesn’t make it any less criminal but I think there’s a distinction to be used and when you look at the background of the individual and what was actually going on that the use of that word was not the appropriate one. That’s our point of view. That’s my point of view,” he said on Wednesday.

His comments stirred debate among Canadians who agree with him, think he's wrong, or think it's too soon to make that judgement.

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