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Every day across Canada, politicians refuse to comment on issues under investigation by police, or before the courts, saying it would be inappropriate to do so. The reason — they say — is that it could appear they are trying to exert political influence on the justice system. But the opposite has occurred in the horrific case of four members of a Muslim family killed, and their nine-year old son now an orphan injured, when they were run over by a pickup truck while out for a Sunday evening stroll in London, Ontario. The driver has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder. But by publicly declaring this was an act of terrorism, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and other politicians are, in effect, pressuring the police to lay a charge that is hard to prove and may not be appropriate. That these political statements are being made at the same time police are investigating whether terrorism charges should be laid, is irresponsible.

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