One Year Anniversary of the Quebec City Mosque Shooting
January 29, 2018
On January 29, 2017, Canadians learned of the horrific massacre that took place at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec, in the Ste-Foy neighbourhood of the city of Quebec. This heinous act of violence claimed the lives of six men, wounded nineteen individuals, and shook the nation.
Today, I join the community of Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver and constituents of Vancouver Granville in commemorating the one-year anniversary of this tragic and unprecedented shooting. With all Canadians, we extend our thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this tragedy.
The Quebec mosque massacre was a terrible and grievous reminder of our need to remain vigilant about the dangers of Islamophobia and all forms of hatred and bigotry. We must continue to condemn all forms of discrimination and ensure that such an event can never happen again.
Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion remains unwavering. Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities, or country. Canadian law enforcement agencies will always protect the rights of all Canadians and will continue to apprehend the perpetrators behind all acts of intolerance.
Today and every day, we will remember the victims of this tragedy while reflecting on how we can collectively ensure that Canada remains a country that promotes diversity, peace, and inclusion and where hate is not tolerated.