Thursday, 22 October 2015

Proud to be Canadian

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the attack at the War Memorial which killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

It was a horrible tragedy and my thoughts go to Cirillo's family.  The country has moved on but I'm sure their grief is still just as strong as last year.

I'm proud of how Canada handled the shooting.  We acted swiftly to minimize casualties and responded appropriately to the threat.  More importantly, once the threat was dealt with, we didn't continue to lock ourselves away because of fear.

Horrible things happen.  They cannot be predicted and they are not deserved.  I'm proud that we chose not to allow the actions of one man to dictate our lives.  I'm sad that Zehaf-Bibeau was not able to get the help he obviously needed to deal with his anger and possible mental issues, but it would be the greatest tragedy if his pain continued to ruin lives even after his death.

Every year on Remembrance Day, my family lights a candle to remember all of those who have stood between us and danger: soldiers, police officers and social workers.  Last year we said a special thank you to Corporal Cirillo and his family.  I have nothing but the highest regard and respect for those who stand tall against the darkness and whisper: Don't worry.  I'll take care of you.

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