January 29th, 2019

NDP Statement on the Second Anniversary of the Shooting at theCentre culturel islamique de Québec

Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s NDP, issued the following statement:

"Today is a painful day for the Canadian Muslim Community. Two years ago today, a gunman opened fire in the Centre culturel islamique de Québec – killing six innocent men and wounding nineteen others.

This senseless act of violence left the families of the victims shattered – the Canadian Muslim community feeling vulnerable and scared.

The day after the shooting, in a show of solidarity, thousands of people came together in vigils across Canada to stand with the Muslim community to denounce racism, Islamophobia, and hate.

Terrorism, like we saw on January 29th, 2017 in Quebec City, must never be seen as a way to advance the cause of any group. It only leads to more suffering, pain and death.

We must continue to fight intolerance and hate and the conditions that create it, at home and around the world. We must always advocate for peace.

Today, on behalf of the New Democratic Party of Canada, I extend my deepest sympathies to the families who lost loved ones that day. We stand in solidarity with the survivors and recommit ourselves to fighting Islamophobia and hatred in all its forms."