It's a complete mystery to me why political assassination has not enjoyed a more popular history in my country. We have only a few murders of people who held high office- D'Arcy McGee and George Brown, and Brown was out of political office and back at work as editor of the Globe when he was shot by a disgruntled ex-employee he had fired the day before. We have no iconic prime ministers cut down before their time by the assassin's stroke. I wonder why this is. Perhaps it is because we have never had a prime minister worth the price of a bullet, or any other projectile beyond a pie.