Anderson Recounts Shootings at Parliament

Written by Colin Powers on Thursday, 23 October 2014
Anderson Recounts Shootings at Parliament Government SouthWest Saskatchewan  Government of Canada Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP Canada   Flags at Swift Current City Hall were at half mast this morning to honour the soldier killed in Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa

Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson and other Members of Parliament returned to the House of Commons this morning, a day after a shooting in the Nation’s Capital rocked the country.

A gunman stormed Parliament Hill yesterday morning, shooting Corporal Nathan Cirillo dead at the National War Memorial. The alleged shooter, identified as Michael Zehaf Bibeau, then entered the Parliament Buildings where he was reportedly killed by security personnel.

Anderson and other MPs were in caucus meetings at the time, and were locked down in the Centre Block until Wednesday evening.

“We were in our caucus meeting, and then about 10-to-10 in the morning, there was a loud exchange out in the hallway, and people realized immediately that it was gunfire,” Anderson said. “The room was secured and one of the security guards joined us and made sure the doors were protected and we waited in there. Shortly after that, the Prime Minister’s security detail and additional members came and got him out of the room, and we spent the rest of the day in lockdown while they cleared and made sure the buildings on Parliament Hill were safe for everyone.

“It was a long day, we had some inconvenience, but the thing we need to remember is the family of Cpl. Cirillo,” he added. “We also want to make sure that this isn’t going to impact Canada in a negative way in the long run, and as the Prime Minister said last night, we’re not going to be intimidated.”

{mp3}anderson_oct23{/mp3}Colin Powers talked with Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson about Wednesday’s events

Anderson, who has represented Cypress Hills-Grasslands since 2000, says he has never been in a security crisis like this in his years at Parliament. He added that security handled the situation well, and need to be praised for their quick response, especially Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who reportedly took down the suspect in the halls of Parliament.

He said construction was also underway on an information centre outside of the Parliament buildings intended to screen visitors before they enter the facility.

“Until yesterday, you were able to come right in below the Peace Tower before you were near any screening devices,” Anderson said. “We want to make sure that we can keep Parliament Hill open to Canadians… we want to make sure that we’re not changing the basic nature of Canada and what Canadians are about, and at the same time, we want to make sure we deal with this situation and these people who have this, I would call, a deranged ideology, and we need to protect Canadians from that.”

Anderson added he also wanted to thank the people of the riding and others who were thinking about his safety.

“I just want to say thank you to the many people who sent encouraging emails and tweets,” he said. “I was overwhelmed by that, even while we were in lockdown, there were dozens of tweets coming in from people, many of them from inside the riding, and I just want to thank people and acknowledge that. It’s a privilege to be able to serve the people of Cypress Hills-Grasslands, but on a day like that, it was a tremendous encouragement.”

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