MP Dreeshen Issues a Statement Regarding Wednesday’s Events in Ottawa

October 23, 2014

OTTAWA - I was deeply troubled by yesterday’s events on Parliament Hill. This was the second time in a week that Canada has experienced a violent act of terror on our own soil. Parliament is for the people of Canada; this was not just an attack on the legislature of Canada but on Canada as a whole.

Yesterday serves as a grim reminder that we are not immune to such horrendous acts but one thing is clear, yesterday could have been even more tragic if it weren’t for the brave men and women in uniform that guard and protect our Parliament. They served valiantly and heroically securing Parliament and keeping me, my colleagues, and my staff safe. I would like to especially acknowledge and thank Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers for his heroism. I cannot convey in words the gratitude I feel for Sergeant Vickers.

I would also like to thank everyone back in Red Deer and across the country that tried to reach out and contact me yesterday. While I was unable to respond, I did hear your concerns and it was very much appreciated.

I can proudly say that today Parliament opened at 10am as usual, because one thing is clear, we cannot, and we will never be intimidated. Such acts shall only serve to strengthen our resolve and bring us closer together as a nation.

Lastly I want to extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. They died serving our nation and will remain forever True Canadian Heroes. A wise man once said, a man dies twice, first when he takes his last breath and second when his name is mentioned for the last time. So let us insure that Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo live forever in our hearts and minds and that their memory never fades. We are forever indebted to their heroism and service to our nation. Lest we forget.

Earl Dreeshen
Member of Parliament for Red Deer