Statement by Brad Butt, M.P., Mississauga-Streetsville
Ottawa- October 23, 2014- Yesterday, tragedy struck at Parliament Hill with an individual gaining access to Centre Block with a gun and was subsequently killed.
The incident took place while MPs and Senators were attending meetings of their National Caucus in various rooms within the building.
Very fortunately, no one was hurt other than one member of the House of Commons security detail who has sustained injuries but his recovering. We wish him and his family well in the weeks ahead.
I joined my colleagues in a full lockdown of Parliament Hill all day and want to express my sincere thanks to all of them, the Parliament Hill security staff, RCMP and the Ottawa Police. Because of these brave and professional people, I at no time felt unsafe under their care.
Prior to the incident on Parliament Hill, we learned of the very tragic shooting at the National War Memorial and the passing of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and all members of the Canadian Forces who bravely serve our country at home and abroad.
Last night, Prime Minister Harper addressed the nation and here is what he said.
“My fellow Canadians, for the second time this week there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil.
Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.
Corporal Cirillo was killed today – murdered in cold blood – as he provided a ceremonial Honour Guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.
That sacred place that pays tribute to those who gave their lives so that we can live in a free, democratic and safe society.
Likewise, our thoughts and prayers remain also with the family and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed earlier this week by an ISIL-inspired terrorist.
Tonight we also pray for the speedy recovery of the others injured in these despicable attacks.
Fellow Canadians, we have also been reminded today of the compassionate and courageous nature of so many Canadians.
Like those private citizens and first responders who came to provide aid to Corporal Cirillo as he fought for his life.
And of course the members of our security forces in the RCMP, the City of Ottawa Police, and in Parliament who came quickly, and at great risk to themselves, to assist those of us who were close to the attack.
Fellow Canadians, 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 attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.
We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and our institutions of governance are, by their very nature, attacks on our country.
On our values, on our society, on us, Canadians, as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all.
But let there be no misunderstanding.
We will not be intimidated.
Canada will never be intimidated.
In fact, 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.
Just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores.
They will have no safe haven.
While today has been, without question, a difficult day, I have every confidence that Canadians will pull together with the kind of firm solidarity that has seen our country through many challenges.
Together, we will remain vigilant against those at home or abroad who wish to harm us.
For now, Laureen, Ben, Rachel and I join all Canadians in praying for those touched by today’s attack.
May God bless them, and keep our land glorious and free.”
Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the many of you that called, emailed or texted me offering your thoughts and support during this very difficult time. It reminds all of us as Members of Parliament that people at home care about us, thank us for our service and wish us God speed in our work.