Thomas Mulcair: ‘We shall not waver’

‘I stand here tonight in solidarity— side-by-side with my colleagues, with our Prime Minister and with all Canadians.’


The prepared text of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s televised remarks to the nation this evening.

Good evening.

My fellow Canadians,

Today, the peace of our nation’s capital was shattered by an act of hatred and brutality. A cowardly act, designed to strike at the very heart of our democracy— at the heart of who we are.

But I stand here tonight in solidarity— side-by-side with my colleagues, with our Prime Minister and with all Canadians.

This attack struck with sudden and deadly violence.

It was carried out on the very ground where we come together to exchange ideas with the knowledge that whatever our differences we will always resolve them peacefully.

It was intended to make us more fearful of our neighbours and less confident in ourselves.

But it has failed.

Today’s events have instead only succeeded in drawing us closer, in making us stronger.

To the brave women and men of law enforcement, our security services and our Canadian Forces: Your determination, your professionalism and indeed your heroism today will not soon be forgotten.

Just as we have all borne witness to these horrific acts, we have watched in awe your acts of courage— now an abiding emblem of Canadian strength, values and valour.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone here in our nation’s capital are with the family and loved ones of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo— the Canadian Forces member from Hamilton, Ontario, who lost his life this morning, the second in just a few days.

Cpl. Cirillo was literally standing on guard at a monument dedicated to the sacrifice of others who came before him.

To his family and friends, I tell you that 34 million Canadians— at home and abroad, from coast-to-coast-to-coast and around the world— stand with you tonight.

And we will not forget.

In this moment, Canadians are united in grief, and stricken with disbelief.

Canada is shaken today, but we shall not waver.

We woke up this morning in a country blessed by love, diversity and peace, and tomorrow we will do the same.

These acts were driven by hatred, but also designed to drive us to hate.

They will not.

We will stand up, and we will stand together.

We will persevere, and we will prevail.


Thomas Mulcair: ‘We shall not waver’

  1. I do not trust any politician who can not come out and call this an act of terrorism. He’s still too concerned that he might offend some radical extremists, so he tip-toes around the elephant in the room. It’s almost as unbelievable as Trudeau’s complete silence on the issue. Maybe he tried giving the shooter some water and food and was shocked to find out that didn’t placate him?

    • Today isn’t the day to politicize this. I will point out that, while there is certainly plenty to make it seem so, this has not yet been definitively been declared an act of terrorism by those investigating.

      • Keith,

        Stating the obvious is not politicizing the situation. It is the first step in finding a solution.

        This was an act committed by a MUSLIM following the dicatates of his choosen religion.

        • http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/politicians-police-ask-is-canada-safe-enough-1.2067100

          Key quote: “Police say they do not yet know Bibeau’s motive, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already drawn a link between his brazen actions and international terrorism.”

          The other leaders are waiting on the outcome of the investigation before publicly drawing conclusions. Most of the public and media have certainly drawn one. Harper put it into words. If it turns out he is wrong, he may regret having done so,

          But what I was really talking about, it terms of politicizing, was Bill’s decision to make a partisan attack on Mulcair and Trudeau in these circumstances – something you, also, have chosen to do. Party before nation, as always.

  2. And again, the NDP can’t bring themselves to use the words we all know apply to this type of barbarity.


    Wherever this ideology goes….murder, mayhem, and chaos follow.

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