Statement by Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau on the anniversary of the Parliament Hill shooting

October 22, 2015

OTTAWA, ON – The Prime Minister-designate, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Parliament Hill shooting:

“One year ago, our nation was shaken by brutal and heartless acts of violence that occurred in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. We are grateful for all the brave men and women who sought to keep us safe on October 22.

“Today our thoughts and prayers remain with the loved ones of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who tragically lost their lives. We continue to grieve with their families.

“Our servicemen and women, who have put their lives on the line for their country, stand for the very best of what it means to be Canadian. We will live up to our sacred obligation to Canada’s men and women in uniform, our veterans, and their families.

“As I said in addressing the country last year, the picture in our minds – of Canadians helping and protecting Canadians – that is who we truly are, and it is who we shall continue to be.

“We will not allow threats to shape us, nor bow to those who mean to undermine our values and way of life. Canadians are kind and generous, open-minded, and optimistic. We know that Canada was built by people from all corners of the world, who worship every faith, who belong to every culture, and who speak every language.

“Today, on this solemn anniversary, I join Canadians from coast to coast to coast in committing that we shall continue moving forward, together.”