There’s a lot to criticize our public safety officials about following last week’s attack in Ottawa.
After all, a gunman — Michael Zehaf-Bibeau — was able to penetrate the security perimeter of Parliament Hill and get within metres of our elected officials and even the prime minister.
But the latest critique is a little unexpected.
The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is calling out the public safety ministry for sending out an emergency safety alert, just minutes after the attack, in only English.
As explained by the Ottawa Citizen, the alert was sent to departmental security officers across the country urging public servants to stay where they were and not leave their buildings until further notice.
"Public Safety officials say they were trying to get information out as quickly as possible," notes the Citizen's report, adding that the alert was at a time when it wasn't clear how many gunmen were involved.
"Meaning they didn’t have time to get the alert