Posted April 24th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Here so many of us were soaking up the warmth and sun on what began this Monday as the first really nice day of spring when a nightmare unfolded on the streets of Toronto.
It seems so very hard to get even a few hours break from bad news these days, and this was news on a shocking scale in a country where carnage like this is all but impossible to imagine.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families following this shocking attack, and here are a few statements circulated in the aftermath by two of our political leaders.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on Monday April 23rd on the fatal van attack in Toronto:
“It was with great sadness that I heard about the tragic and senseless attack that took place in Toronto this afternoon. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and my thoughts for a fast and full recovery to those injured.
“I thank the first responders at the scene who managed this extremely difficult situation with courage and professionalism. They faced danger without hesitation, and their efforts no doubt saved lives and prevented further injuries.
“We should all feel safe walking in our cities and communities. We are monitoring this situation closely, and will continue working with our law enforcement partners around the country to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.”
The following statement was also circulated this Monday, April 23rd by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath –
“Toronto, all of Ontario and the world has been rocked by devastating images of a massacre on Yonge St., and the horrific accounts of witnesses.
Our hearts are with the nine who lost their lives, the survivors, and the loved ones that are left devastated, worried, and with troubling questions.
Thank you to the police, medical teams, emergency responders and mental health workers on the ground. Their work is critical. And I believe there is a role for all Ontarians to play after this unimaginable horror, as well. It is up to us to join together to support the victims, their families and the community. And, when the time comes, it will be up to us all to reclaim our streets and make it clear that our love for Toronto and the hopes we share are much stronger than fear.”
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