BEZAN COMMENTS ON TERRORIST ATTACK
“I was in the Conservative caucus room on Parliament Hill when the brutal terrorist attack occurred and needlessly claimed the life of Corporal Nathan Cirillo. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues, as well as with those of Master Warrant Officer Vincent who was killed in a separate terrorist attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu earlier this week. Our brave men and women who serve our country in the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as their military families, need our support now more than ever as they have been needlessly targeted by terrorists.
“I am deeply thankful for the brave and swift action taken by security officers on Parliament Hill. Our Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers and the entire security team of House of Commons Security Officers, RCMP and Ottawa City Police were courageous. When human instinct is to flee from danger, these officers ran to danger and protected everyone on the Hill. They were truly heroic.
“Although this was a heinous act and one of the most frightening events I have witnessed, I want to commend my Parliamentary colleagues for standing together in the face of diversity during the attack, and again today as we resumed business in Parliament. Terrorism in Canada or abroad will not stop the work of the Government of Canada, it will not intimidate us as Canadians, nor will it shake our democratic institutions.
“Nor will these terrorist attacks deter the resolve of the Canadian Armed Forces to carry out their missions, including against ISIL in Iraq. The Canadian Armed Forces will act prudently to protect military members and staff by increasing security measures. However, our brave men and women who proudly wear their uniforms in the service of Canada, will continue to stand on guard, vigilantly protecting Canadian sovereignty, and all Canadians.
“Finally, I wish to thank everyone who has sent me and my family their best wishes. It is truly heartwarming to know that so many people are supporting us during this time.
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