OTTAWA – Four years ago today, six men were murdered and 19 others were wounded when a gunman opened fire in a sanctuary where they had gathered to pray.
The six who died in the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec were: Ibrahima Barry, aged 39, Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, Khaled Belkacemi, 60, Aboubaker Thabti, 44, Abdelkrim Hassane, 41, and Azzedine Soufiane, 57.
Canada embraces ethnic and religious diversity, but we must also remember that racism and intolerance are realities. We must never waver in our determination to eradicate hatred and prejudice in all its forms and wherever it appears.
We applaud the government’s announcement yesterday that January 29 will be designated a National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia.
The Green Party of Canada stands in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters. We extend heartfelt sympathy to those who lost loved ones on January 29, 2017, and to members of the city’s Muslim community as they continue to cope with the pain of their loss, and we will look forward with anticipation to the time that the mosque is fully restored.
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