One year ago, a senseless attack in Quebec killed six Canadians, and seriously injuring nineteen more. Let us join Canadians across the country to remember and honour those who were taken from us too soon. We also honour the first responders, whose courage and professionalism saved lives that night.
This was a terrorist attack against all Canadians, meant to test our resolve and weaken our values. It failed. In the wake of the shooting, a solidarity movement formed across the country as Canadians united to condemn the attack and counter hatred with hope. No matter our faith or where we were born, we are equal members of this country. We will not let an act of intolerance divide us and make any Canadian feel less at home. Our government stands in solidarity with Canada’s Muslim community. We will continue to fight Islamophobia and take action against it and all other forms of hatred and discrimination, and defend the diversity that makes Canada strong.