‘Canada Will Never be Intimidated’: PM
Written by Colin Powers on Thursday, 23 October 2014
An RCMP member stands near the National War Memorial shortly after a lockdown on much of Ottawa was lifted (Photo submitted by Russ Siemens)
Calling for strength in the face of terror, Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed Canadians Wednesday night following two attacks on Canadian soldiers this week.
“We will not be intimidated… Canada will never be intimidated,” Harper said.
Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot in the chest at the National War Memorial Wednesday morning as a gunman stormed Parliament Hill before being shot and killed by security personel. The attack came just two days after a man in Quebec ran down two soldiers with a vehicle, killing 53-year-old Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.
“In the days to come, we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had, but this week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks that we have seen elsewhere in the world,” Harper added. “This will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts, and those of our national security agencies, to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats, and keep Canada safe here at home.”
Already, nations from across the globe are pledging allegiance to Canada during this troubling time. Politicians and leaders from across the country are urging Canadians to stand strong in the face of these attacks saying we can’t let this change us.
Military bases have been put on alert, some restricting civilian access and Armed forces personel have been cautioned about wearing uniforms in public. Parliament Hill itself also remains under tight security and will be closed to visitors, with business in the House of Commons set to resume today.
This morning Ottawa police said they believe only one gunman was involved in the attack, after reports of as many as three possible suspects at one time, but say they do not know what motivated alleged gunman Michael Zehaf Bibeau, who was shot dead in the Centre Block of Parliament, reportedly by the House of Commons Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers.
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