Canada's 'hero' hailed in Parliament

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Canada's 'hero' hailed in Parliament

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A standing ovation and deafening applause greeted Kevin Vickers as Parliament reopened in Canada on Thursday.

Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers was honoured as a hero for downing a gunman who terrorised the capital on Wednesday.

Until that day Vickers’ role had been largely ceremonial, and Canadian media reported it may have been the first time that he had shot his gun.

However, the man with the sceptre showed how dangerous his job could be and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally thanked him for his heroics.

Tears traced Vickers face during the ceremony. The Prime Minister’s praise was joined by many others who said that had it not been for him a massacre could have occured.

Harper addressed the chamber saying: “We will be vigilant but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic. And as for the business of government, well here we are, in our seats, in our chamber, in the very heart of our democracy and our work goes on.”

He also announced that plans to give the national intelligence agency more surveillance powers would be fast-tracked.

Parliament returned to work amid tightened security, and a flag flying at half-mast in recognition of the events that rocked the Canadian capital.