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‘It is a tragic day where an exercise of democracy is met with an act of violence’

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A statement from the Prime Minister on last night’s shooting in Montreal.

“I was angered and saddened to hear of last night’s horrific shooting at the Parti Quebecois event at Metropolis.

“It is a tragic day where an exercise of democracy is met with an act of violence.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim and wish the person injured a swift and complete recovery.

“This atrocious act will not be tolerated and such violence has no place in Canada. Canadians can rest assured that the perpetrator of last night’s events will face the full force of the law.”

An official statement from NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

“We have all been shaken by the events that occurred last night at the Metropolis.

“What happened last night is both tragic and completely unacceptable.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.”

And an official statement from interim Liberal leader Bob Rae.

“I was deeply shocked and disturbed to learn about the shootings that took place during Quebec Premier-elect Pauline Marois’ victory speech.

“We are extremely saddened by these senseless acts of violence, and congratulate the police and security forces for doing their work in the most difficult of circumstances. There is never an excuse or justification for acts of violence in Canadian society.

“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, I extend my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.”