That would be a pretty cool job to fill those bags of fertilizer with a harmless powder. I wonder if the workers who had to perform this tedious task knew that they were doing this so that a group of dumb wanna-be terrorists would purchase the fertilizer thinking they could use it to make bombs.
Let's just face it. Canadians aren't good terrorists. The training facilities and knowledge just doesn't exist in our country. The way these "terrorist cells" collaborate and retrieve information is from the Internet. But you can be sure that the RCMP, CCIS, CIA, FBI, SIS/MI6 are going to be monitoring your every move through wired communications.
I'm convinced that these wanna-be's had no affiliation with al Qaeda, other than what the police described as being "inspired" by al Qaeda. Al Qaeda terrorists would do a better job at covering their tracks and wouldn't fall into the same trap that these amateurs fell into.
It's good that these suspected passionate extremists are off the streets, but I suspect the government may have a bit of trouble putting them away for more than just a few years. Canada's anti-terror laws are still relatively new and un-tested.