Statement on the shooting incident in Ottawa

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich­–Gulf Islands, has issued the following statement regarding the shooting incidents that occurred at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill this morning:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the Canadian Forces member who was killed at the National War Memorial this morning.

We would also like to convey our immense gratitude for the incredible courage of the RCMP, the Ottawa Police and Emergency Responders, and the House of Commons Security in doing all that they can to ensure the safety of the public.

In particular I wish to express gratitude to our Sergeant at Arms, Kevin Vickers, for his courage.

It is my profound wish that we remain calm, determine all the facts and not make any assumptions. Today is not a day that ‘changes everything.’ It is a day of tragedy. We must ensure we keep our responses proportionate to whatever threat remains.

This senseless, horrifying attack has shaken all of us who work in Parliament, but we stand together, strengthened in our resolve to uphold the values of peace and democracy upon which our country was founded.

May all those affected by this tragedy know that our nation is united in wishing them peace at this time.”