FCM President Reacts to Tragic Events (23/10/2014)
The events of this week were tragic, as we bore witness to appalling violence against Canadian soldiers both in Ottawa and in Saint-Jean-sur- Richelieu. On behalf of all municipal leaders, I offer my most sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.
Amidst this week's tragedy, the determination of first responders was evident, as these men and women assisted the injured and secured the affected areas. I commend Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Mayor Michel Fecteau for their leadership as their respective communities were confronted with these violent attacks. I also extend my appreciation to all first responders, who worked tirelessly to help the injured, and to address ensuing safety concerns.
The events of October 20th in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and of October 22nd in Ottawa, remind us of the critical role of police officers in ensuring the safety of our communities. They are hometown champions, as these trained professionals addressed the most dangerous of situations.
The recent attacks are extremely troubling. I believe such incidents will only reinforce our commitment to civic freedoms in the face of those who would challenge our fundamental Canadian values.
Prime Minister Harper, in his address to the nation, emphasized how Canada will not be intimidated by such violence and will remain an open and welcoming nation. Provincial leaders echoed these sentiments, as do I, on behalf of all municipal leaders. Whether in city halls, provincial and territorial legislatures, or the Canadian Parliament, all levels of governments are united and resolved to keep Canada, and the communities which make up our country, peaceful and welcoming.
Brad Woodside, President