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For the record: Stephen Harper on the Paris shooting

‘I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives’


 

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is angry and saddened by the “barbaric” attack against a Paris newspaper.

In a statement, Harper offers condolences to the families and friends of the 12 people killed in the assault and says Canada stands with France.

Masked gunmen stormed the office of a satirical newspaper today, killing a dozen people before escaping.

On Twitter, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he is shocked and disgusted by the mass shooting, calling it senseless violence.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is also condemning the attacks in a tweet of his own, offering support to the people of France, the victims and their families.

French President Francois Hollande is calling the attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly, whose caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad have frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims, “a terrorist attack without a doubt.”

Harper, too, labelled it an act of terrorism, linking it with Canada’s recent experiences at the hands of attackers with jihadist sympathies.

“This barbaric act — along with recent attacks in Sydney, (Australia), Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Ottawa — is a grim reminder that no country is immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world,” he said.

“Canada and its allies will not be intimidated and will continue to stand firmly together against terrorists who would threaten the peace, freedom and democracy our countries so dearly value. Canadians stand with France on this dark day.”

The perpetrators must be brought to justice, Harper added.

Here’s Harper’s full statement:

“I am angered and saddened to hear of the terrorist attack today in the offices of the Parisian news magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” which has killed at least 12 individuals, including two police officers.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives during this heinous crime and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. The perpetrators of this attack must be apprehended and brought to justice.

“This barbaric act, along with recent attacks in Sydney, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Ottawa, is a grim reminder that no country is immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.

“Canada and its allies will not be intimidated and will continue to stand firmly together against terrorists who would threaten the peace, freedom and democracy our countries so dearly value. Canadians stand with France on this dark day.”


 

For the record: Stephen Harper on the Paris shooting

  1. Harp is just politicking again….ignore him.

    • If we are going to ignore anyone, it will surely be you who spoke in favor of censorship when North Korea recently tried to block a comedy out of Hollywood. Do you ever get tired of sucking up to despots like Vlad Putin? You might like to know that the murdered editor of this satirical cartoon magazine himself knew he had a dangerous job and he had a police guard. Apparently at one point in his career, the editor said “I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” In other words f**k ’em if they can’t take a joke.

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