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Statement by MP Strahl on Anniversary of the attack at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill

OTTAWA – Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack–Hope, delivered the following statement in the House of Commons today:

“Mr. Speaker, four years ago today was a day like no other on Parliament Hill. Just two days after Warrant Office Patrice Vincent was murdered in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for simply wearing his Canadian Forces uniform, Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial.

When the gunman entered our Parliament with the intent to kill again, he was met with the valour of our Parliamentary Protective Service, the RCMP, and our former Sergeant-at-Arms.”

“The gunfire in these halls, the uncertainty and the lockdown that followed in this very building deeply impacted those of us who experienced it, but the attack on our democratic institutions was a failure. All of us were in our seats here in this House of Commons, united, the very next day to pay tribute to Warrant Officer Vincent, Corporal Cirillo and all of our heroes who put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect us and this place when we needed them most.”

“May God bless them all. Lest we forget.”