Yesterday morning our nation's capital came to a standstill.
Like most MPs, I was attending a caucus meeting in Centre Block when Corporal Nathan Cirillo was murdered and when subsequent gun shots rang through the halls of Parliament.
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the first responders here in Ottawa who have been working non-stop to restore peace.
I would also like to thank the dozens of Brandon-Souris residents who called and emailed to express concern. Your thoughts, prayers and compassion did not go unnoticed. I was touched that so many of you were thinking of me and my staff during this very difficult time.
Yesterday's events in Ottawa were appalling, but we will not let those who aim to disrupt our Canadian way of life win.
This morning, Parliamentarians showed up to work and the business of government continued.
Canadians will not wither in the face of terror. While we must be vigilant, perhaps more so today and tomorrow than we were yesterday and the day before, we will not be intimidated.
This week's tragic events in both Quebec and Ottawa provide a reminder of the sacrifice and courage of our brave men and women in uniform.
As the Member for Brandon-Souris, it gives me great pride to have CFB Shilo a part of our Southwestern Manitoba community.
Not only am I proud of the great work our service members do abroad, but am grateful for the work they do at home in the aftermath of national emergencies or natural disasters.
Today, we honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. We will remember them along with all of their fallen comrades who served our grateful country.
In the days to come, we will learn more about these terrorists and any accomplices they may have had. But this week's events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.
As Canadians have done so many times before, we will pull through this together with the same resolve that has seen our country through many challenges to emerge a beacon of hope, freedom, safety and security to the rest of the world.