Justin Trudeau also used the occasion to mark the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed two days earlier in a separate attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
Say thanks to Canadians in uniform, PM encourages on anniversary of Hill attack
“Our thoughts are with their families and friends, and all those affected by these attacks,” Trudeau said in his statement, which was released early Monday. “As we pay tribute to these fallen members of the Canadian Armed Forces, we also pay our respects to the brave first responders and members of our Parliamentary family who acted without hesitation to keep us safe.
“On this sombre anniversary, we remember Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed two days earlier in a separate attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Our thoughts are with their families and friends, and all those affected by these attacks,” added Trudeau.
As Canadians, we will not surrender to hatred, and let attacks like these divide us. In the face of cowardly violence and fear mongering, we will not compromise our most cherished values – freedom, democracy, diversity, and inclusion.”
Trudeau also called on Canadians from coast to coast to show “gratitude” to our men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line daily to protect the values that Canada holds most dear.
“Today, I encourage everyone to show gratitude to the valiant Canadians in uniform, past and present. Their dedication and service protect and defend everything that Canada stands for,” he said.
Cirillo, a 24-year old reservist from Hamilton, was gunned down while serving as an honour guard at the National War Memorial on Oct. 22, 2014. The man who shot him then stormed Parliament Hill, where he was killed by then Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers and officers with the RCMP.
It was the second attack on a Canadian soldier that week. Days earlier, Vincent had been purposely rammed by a vehicle as he left a veteran service centre in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
OTTAWA – On the fourth anniversary of the Parliament Hill terrorist attack, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging people to "show gratitude to the valiant Canadians in uniform, past and present."
It was four years ago Monday, that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau gunned down Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the reservist who was standing guard at the National War Memorial.
The attacker then made his way to Centre Block, where he was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire in the Hall of Honour, as MPs hid in rooms on either side.
OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2018 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the four-year anniversary of the attack at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill:
Two days earlier, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in a separate attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
"As we pay tribute to these fallen members of the Canadian Armed Forces, we also pay our respects to the brave first responders and members of our Parliamentary family who acted without hesitation to keep us safe," Trudeau said.
Martin Magnan, a man who tried to help save Cpl. Cirillos life that day told CTV News Channel that he is still dealing with the emotional repercussions.
In a Facebook post, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer described the Hill attacker as "an attacker who then tried to strike at the very heart of our democracy."
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He said, in honouring Cpl. Cirillo, "we commit ourselves again to our fight to rid the world of terrorism, and express our gratitude to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who stand on guard for us with pride."
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