Premier Wynne Returned to Queens Park today and she wasted no time in speaking out against the terror attacks in Paris In the legislature.
All three Ontario party leaders rose in the legislature today to share condolences with Paris, where 129 people were killed in Friday night’s co-ordinated terrorist attacks.
Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown condemned the “vicious acts of terrorism” in France and a fire that was deliberately set at a mosque in Peterborough on Saturday.
N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath says it’s important to reach out to Muslim community in Ontario at because there is no place in this province for acts of hate and prejudice against any community in any form.
Below is a full copy of Wynne’s statement:
Statement on the Terrorist Attacks in Paris
Kathleen Wynne, Premier Statement to the Legislative Assembly
“Mr. Speaker, I know I speak on behalf of all of the people of Ontario when I say that we are saddened and shocked by the attacks on innocents by people who can only be described as terrorists.
Our thoughts today and since Friday have been with the mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, partners, families and friends of those who were murdered or injured. You have suffered most severely and we are holding you in our hearts.
Today I extend my condolences on behalf of the Government of Ontario to all the people of France, and to those in France and around the world who lost loved ones in these senseless attacks.
I also want to acknowledge the bravery of the first responders who worked tirelessly to treat the injured and restore security.
The emotions we are feeling in the wake of these attacks are straightforward and, if deeply disturbing, pure and uncomplicated. What is much more complicated is the range of emotions and reactions to Friday night beyond human compassion.
It is almost impossible not to react with anger and loathing at the cowardice of these attacks. That anger will be coloured by vengeful rage, but at the heart of many of our responses is fear — fear that such random violence could touch any of us. Fear that we will respond in ways that will further inflame. Fear that we have no response that will be adequate, and that will actually help the world to prevent such brutality tomorrow and the next day.
We have all been touched by this tragedy directly or indirectly. Now it is our responsibility to support and pray for world leaders as they search for the wisest response. This evil can be overcome as evil has been overcome before in human history.
But fear is not the answer. Vengeful rage is not the answer. Those emotions can be used as fuel as the world gathers its power to respond but they should not be at the heart of the strategy.
It is our responsibility in our own lives and communities to guard against and to resist the blame and generalizations that can lead to racism and hatred.
I was saddened to hear about the disturbing case of arson at the mosque in Peterborough this weekend. In the shadow of Friday’s violence, our open, peaceful, inclusive democracy is even more important to the world.
France will be forever changed by these events — yet, as we saw less than a year ago, after the Charlie Hebdo attack, the people of France will not be silenced and will not succumb to fear.
The French values — of liberty, equality and fraternity — are strong and unwavering. In the days since the attacks, we have seen them shine more brightly than ever.
Today in the legislature — the centre of our own democratic system — we are united in our commitment to uphold our ideals of democracy, freedom and peace.
Today, Mr. Speaker, we stand in solidarity with the people of France, and with people everywhere who work towards a better and more peaceful world.”