Prime Minister Stephen Harper says work to strengthen security in this country will be expedited. He says the most disturbing thing, it that both attacks of terror in the recent days on our country’s soil were carried out by Canadian citizens. Harper says we live in a dangerous time, but the mission of our country and our parliament goes on. The Prime Minister concludes his speech by honouring all members of our security officers and a special thanks to Sergeant of Arms Kevin Vickers. A thanks answered with thunderous applause.
Leader of the Opposition N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair says the cowardly act was meant to shake our country, but it has only hardened our resolve. Mulcair says let us not be driven by fear, love always triumphs over hate in Canada. He says the thoughts and prayers of every single Canadian are with the friends and family of Corporal Nathan Cirrilo. Mulcair also salutes the Sergeant of Arms Kevin Vickers. He says Thank you to our Canadian Forces. This week there have been two Canadian tragedies. Thank you and today all Canadians are with you. We will hold those close to us, a little bit closer today. Muclair says we have to continue to defend our freedoms and there is great solidarity across the country. He says we will not be driven to hate others in the face of these hateful attacks. We will prevail. Together we continue.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says yesterday’s events were a shared national tragedy. Trudeau says let us let the world know that Canada is strong and stands united. We are together. Corporal Nathan Cirrillo was murdered while guarding a monument; he was a hero. Trudeau says we need to remember there is a little boy who lost his father in a sudden and tragic way. We will honour his memory. He offers his deep and sincere gratitude to the brave women and men who selflessly and courageously came to our aid yesterday. And to the Sergeant of Arms, Trudeau says your heroic actions have been acclaimed far and wide and rightly so. Kevin Vickers, without your courage a terrible situation could have been much worse. We are in your debt. Canadians are proud of you and we thank you. Trudeau says yesterday attacks were designed to frighten us, and embed within us with an image of terror. To make us forget who we are. Trudeau says we must remember, acts of terror will not dictate our values. He says they do not get to change us. We will walk together, never apart.
*Photo courtesy of the office of Carol Hughes. Shows a tribute to Corporal Nathan Cirillo.