Michael Zehaf-Bibeau told co-workers that converting to Islam had changed his life for the better.
Before he was addicted to crack and sleeping in shelters on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Parliament Hill shooter was known as a “confrontational” member of a construction crew making good money on a seven-kilometre tunnelling job in North Vancouver.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had two stints working as a skilled labourer helping build a tunnel for the region’s water system, according to former co-worker Kevin Banek.
Banek, a civil engineer, doesn’t remember exactly when “Zehaf” — as he was known on-site — started working on the project, but said his last stint began in May 2011. The project began in 2009 and all employees had to pass drug tests to get hired, he added.
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