Stephen Harper believes people need to be responsible for themselves. If they're not, it's their own fault, full stop. It's as true of missing aboriginal women as it is seniors without pensions. If they'd played their cards better, they wouldn't be where they are - it's not government's role to fix their problems for them, right?
We need a far deeper change: political leadership that make a secure education for all children the most urgent national priority.
There are distinct consequences to starving education, inciting strong emotional reactions and generally playing populism. In fact, there are historical and modern-day precedents for how this all comes about.
Does Harper think it's some sort of immaculately conceived phenomenon that extremism and horrifically violent crimes in the name of ideologies that are anti-establishment are on the rise? That the people themselves are somehow uniquely monsterous and inhuman?
That's a bit like Europeans in the throes of the bubonic plague directing rage at Jews for not suffering to the same degree, except in reverse.
Jews practiced cleanliness to avoid getting sick - they were proactive, they avoided problems.
In this case, it's society that's getting sick because good social maintenance is being neglected.
That's the thing the low-hanging fruit crowd don't understand, don't want to understand - extremist violence is a symptom, not a disease.
And it's going to get worse.