Canadians will not be defeated by fear

MP Randall Garrison speaks to the shooting at war memorial

  • Nov. 5, 2014 2:00 p.m.
MP Randall Garrison

MP Randall Garrison

Last month turned out to be one of the saddest months I’ve ever experienced bringing within two days two attacks on Canadian Forces members as well as an attack on Parliament.  The deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo are particularly shocking as they occurred on Canadian soil at the hands of Canadians.  While the shootings at the National War Memorial and in the House of Commons have highly symbolic reverberations, the deliberate running down of a Canadian Forces member in uniform should be no less a concern even if in a less prominent location.  As time passes we will eventually get a fuller picture of both these incidents and only then can we figure out how best to respond.  In the interim, MPs from all parties felt it was symbolically important to return to normal routine as soon as possible in order to show that we will not let violence destroy our democracy or the values we hold dear.

So the next day, the House of Commons went back to work. As our leader, Thomas Mulcair said, “We woke up this morning in a country blessed by love, diversity and peace and tomorrow we will do the same.” I believe wholeheartedly we must show that violence will not succeed in shutting down democracy or in destroying our free and open society.  As we go forward we must not let fear define or restrict our options and we must make sure that the government takes up both its responsibility to protect public safety and its responsibility to protect civil liberties.  And we must also guard against letting these incidents divide Canadians from one another and make sure that the destructive acts of individuals are not falsely ascribed to the community they may have come from.  These are indeed times which will test us as a nation.

Thank you for all of the many kind messages of concern I have received in the aftermath of these events.   My personal thanks go also to House of Commons security staff who stood in harm’s way to protect us and got NDP MPs quickly to a secure place, protection which obviously neither of the Canadian Forces members enjoyed. So it is with a heavy heart that I look forward to Remembrance Day this November as we still mourn this loss of Canadian soldiers on our own soil.  I hope there will be a large turnout from all parts of our community on November 11th at events across the region.

Lest we forget,

MP Randall Garrison,

Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating Mackenzie Courchene, a Langford teenager.
MISSING: Mackenzie Courchene last seen in Langford on March 2

West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating the Langford teenager

Rendering of the proposed Esquimalt public safety building. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)
Esquimalt blazes new trail toward modern public safety building

Township using alternative approval process for first time to gauge public support for proposal

Landmarks such as Howard the giant gnome at Galey's Farm in Saanich make a stunning backdrop for celebratory dance in the Greater Victoria Festival Society trailer for its coming Dance Victoria campaign. (Screeshot/Greater Victoria Festival Society)
Residents’ videos help campaign Dance Across Victoria

Celebratory dance clips to be compiled into Greater Victoria Festival Society video

Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday features Grace Fouracre as teen Ellie Blake (left) who swaps bodies with her overworked mother, Katherine, played by Nadia Lurie. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)
Saanich high school goes virtual with Freaky Friday musical

Reynolds Secondary theatre program to livestream performances March 9-12

Saanich Fire Department. Black Press Media File Photo
Fire displaces three Saanich families from two homes

Saanich firefighters found the fire had spread to a neighbouring home upon arriving

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

The Port Alice pulp mill has been dormant since 2015. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Parts recycled, life returning to inlet as as old Port Alice mill decommissioned

Bankruptcy company oversees de-risking the site, water treatment and environmental monitoring

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

(Black Press Media files)
Medicine gardens help Victoria’s Indigenous kids in care stay culturally connected

Traditional plants brought to the homes of Indigenous kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Most Read