Last month turned out to be one of the saddest months I’ve ever experienced bringing within two days two attacks on Canadian Forces members as well as an attack on Parliament. The deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo are particularly shocking as they occurred on Canadian soil at the hands of Canadians. While the shootings at the National War Memorial and in the House of Commons have highly symbolic reverberations, the deliberate running down of a Canadian Forces member in uniform should be no less a concern even if in a less prominent location. As time passes we will eventually get a fuller picture of both these incidents and only then can we figure out how best to respond. In the interim, MPs from all parties felt it was symbolically important to return to normal routine as soon as possible in order to show that we will not let violence destroy our democracy or the values we hold dear.