Premier Kathleen Wynne issued this statement today following the tragic events that took place in Ottawa:
“The appalling acts of violence that occurred today at our National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill have shocked our province and our nation.
Details are still forthcoming, but we know this tragedy has resulted in the death of a member of the Canadian Forces and that others are injured. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of the man who lost his life serving his country today. Together with all Canadians, my thoughts and prayers are with them.
Our thoughts and sympathies also go out to the injured and all those who are suffering in the aftermath of this traumatic event.
Ontario’s first responders are doing an incredible job to put an end to this terrible event and keep the people of Ottawa and all Ontarians safe. I want to send my deepest gratitude to our police forces, security personnel and all our first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way. Today, we are all deeply humbled by your professionalism and selflessness.
As we confront the dreadful reality of today’s events, our shock will give way to an outpouring of emotion. These acts of violence fill us with sadness and fuel our outrage. Immediately, our thoughts lie with the victims of these events and with their families. But the collective resolve of our democracy to deny violent criminals any opportunity to achieve their distorted ambitions remains strong. It will be stronger tomorrow and every tomorrow thereafter, because today’s attack has tested our resolve and will continue to do so. We must remain united in defending our freedoms as Canadians. We must stand together to say that fear will never prevail; violence will never defeat our democracy; and threats will never extinguish our freedom.
Authorities continue to work tirelessly to assure the safety of the people of Ontario and Canada. The province will work closely with other levels of government and continue to monitor events. The appropriate authorities will provide updates as they become available.”