31 January 2017
I am deeply saddened to learn of the senseless shootings at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec in the Ste-Foy neighborhood of Québec city.
I was disheartened to learn that such an attack of intolerance could occur in our country, where we are proud of our multiculturalism and inclusion.
In Canada, our strength is our diversity. Our strength is acceptance. Our strength is found in the very words of our Canadian Charter where it says we have the right to freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and freedom of peaceful assembly. These are Canadian values we hold dear.
This act of intolerance does not reflect our values. However, I am proud that Canadians from across the country have come together to stand against this violent act.
Canadians have fought and sacrificed to uphold our values of peace, diversity and acceptance. We must continue to stand united in our values during this time of tragedy.
This will not divide Canadians. We will continue to stand with our Muslim communities to show that in times of prejudice, Canadians stand for tolerance and inclusion.
My heart is with the families and loved ones of those we have lost, the people of Ste-Foy, and with all Canadians.