FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, issued the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the murder of worshipers at the Sainte Foy Islamic Cultural Centre:
“One year ago, six worshipers were murdered in cold blood for nothing more than their religious faith. Our deepest sympathies remain with the families of the victims as they continue to cope with such a tremendous loss.
“Every day, Canadians visit their place of worship for solace, teaching and prayer. These men were at their mosque expecting nothing less. Their murders were and will forever remain an affront to the fundamental right of religious freedom – a right that we cherish in Canada. No one should be denied the right to freely practice their faith without threat of coercion or violence.
“This attack disturbingly mirrors acts of hatred and violence we witness in far more unstable regions of the world. It is a chilling reminder that Canada is not immune to religious discrimination, and hateful acts meant to intimidate others. Canadians of all faiths and beliefs must remain vigilant in their defence of this right, and be outspoken when threats are identified.”
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For more information, please contact the office of:
David Anderson, MP: (613) 992-0657 or (306) 778-4480