AuthorCraig Forcese; Kent Roach
is is a book we never expected to write. In October , we were both
happily working on other research projects during our academic sabbaticals
from teaching at law school. In the wake of the t wo October terrorist attacks,
we knew things would cha nge in Canada. We hoped they would change for
the better. We feared they would not.
In the immediate aftermath, we wrote “if the attack on Parliament and
on Canadian Armed Forces members constituted a failure by the state to
exercise its fundamental ‘night watchman’ function, it was probably not a
failure of law.”
But we feared a legal overreaction based on the fa lse idea that “legal xes”
would prevent reoccurrences. e Criminal Code, we argued, grows in girth
“not because the evil of humans is ever mutable, but because high-prole
manifestations of that e vil demand a new political response of some sort . . . . It
will be next to impossible for parliamentaria ns to resist the lure of new legal
enactments, some responsive to these recent events and some more distantly
We endorsed the need to learn lessons from the attacks, especial ly an-
swers as to why there was enough evidence to keep Mar tin Couture-Rouleau
o ights (or more specically, revoke his passport) but not to prosecute
him. We predicted a reawakening of government interest in the  Air
India Commission report that had exa mined Canada’s most deadly act of

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