Statement by Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans Affairs commemorating the events of October 2014

October 22, 2015

OTTAWA – Today, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement to commemorate the attacks of October 2014:

“One year ago this week, Canada’s ideals of freedom and democracy came under attack when radicalized individuals killed two members of the Canadian Armed Forces in separate assaults in Quebec and Ontario, followed by a further assault on Parliament Hill.

“In Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was deliberately struck down because he was wearing his uniform. In Ottawa, Corporal Nathan Cirillo was killed as he stood sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial. On those days our country and the world witnessed the courage of brave Canadians who responded to the attacks.

“We were shocked and saddened by these assaults and reminded that no country is immune to terrorism. Today, we commemorate the tragic events of October 2014 by honouring our Fallen and our heroes.

”Today we pay tribute to those who gave their lives so that we can live in a free, democratic and safe society.  We have pulled together as a country through many challenges and together we stand in solidarity as we remain vigilant against those at home and abroad who wish to harm us.”

Minister of National Defence
The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Veterans Affairs
The Honourable Erin O’Toole, P.C., C.D., M.P.