Premier Issues Statement on Quebec Attack
Prince George, B.C. – Premier Christy Clark has issued the following statement in the wake of the tragic shooting at a Quebec City Mosque:
“Like all Canadians, I was shocked and saddened by the tragic shooting in Quebec. Like all houses of worship, mosques are sanctuaries of peace and reflection. There is no greater violation. The world looks at Canada as a beacon of hope and peace, not just because of our diversity, but because we celebrate and embrace it. That is our greatest strength – and must not change. As Canadians, we must speak up in the face of rising intolerance and hatred. Those who would seek to divide us through fear prey on silence, but they will fail. We will continue to cherish our differences, and welcome the world to our shores. All British Columbians join with our fellow Canadians to mourn those lost in yesterday’s tragic events. You will not be forgotten.”
Prime Minister Trudeau as well as the leaders of the federal Conservative and NDP will be making their way to Quebec City to offer support to the Muslim community.
Here in Prince George, a rally has been planned for this evening outside City Hall to show support for the Muslim community here. That rally is expected to start at 5:30.
The shooting yesterday at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec mosque left 6 dead, and injured several others.
One person has been charged, he is 27 year old Alexandre Bissonnette. He has been charged with 6 counts of first degree murder, and five of attempted murder. The second man who had been taken into custody last evening is a witness to the attack.