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Rick Dykstra

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage


Speech by Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper on Ottawa Terror Attack
Oct 22, 2014 at 09:13 PM

My fellow Canadians, for the second time this week there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil. Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friend of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo or the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Cpl. Cirillo was killed today, murdered in cold blood, as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada’s National War Memorial. That sacred place that pays tribute to those who gave their lives so that we can live in a free, democratic and safe society.

Likewise, our thoughts and prayers remain also with the family and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed earlier this week by an ISIL-inspired terrorist.

Tonight we also pray for the speedy recovery of the others injured in these despicable attacks

Fellow Canadians, we’ve also been reminded today of the compassionate and courageous nature of so many Canadians, like those private citizens and first responders who came to provide aid to Cpl. Cirillo as he fought for his life. And of course the member of our security forces, in the RCMP, the City of Ottawa Police and in Parliament, who came quickly and at great risk to themselves to assist those of us who were close to the attack.

Fellow Canadians, in the days to come we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had. But these week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.

We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and on our institutions of government, are by their very nature, attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all.

But let there be no misunderstanding, we will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated. In fact, this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts, and those of our national security agencies, to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home, just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores -- they will have no safe haven.

Well today has been without question a difficult day. I have every confidence that Canadians will pull together with the kind of firm solidarity that has seen our country through many challenges. Together we will remain vigilant against those at home or abroad who wish to harm us.

For now, Laureen and Ben and Rachel and I join all Canadians in praying for those touched by today’s attack. May god bless them and keep our land glorious and free.

Last Updated ( Oct 22, 2014 at 09:16 PM )
Statement by Prime Minister of Canada on death of Canadian Forces member in Quebec
Oct 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement in response to a deadly incident that occurred in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec:

“I learned with shock and sadness yesterday that two Canadian Armed Forces members from Canadian Forces Base Saint-Jean Garrison were hit by a man who, according to our national security services, had become radicalized.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the CAF member who succumbed to injuries caused by this vicious event.  We also offer our prayers for the recovery of the member who was injured. I would also like to thank first responders on the scene for their efforts.

“Finally, I want to express that the authorities can count on our full support in order to get to the bottom of this terrible act.”

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Statement by Rick Dykstra M.P. in the House of Commons Regarding ISIL
Oct 10, 2014 at 03:17 PM

October 10, 2014 - Ottawa

Mr. Speaker,

In Iraq, 100,000 Christians have fled their homes, humanitarian aid workers and journalists are being beheaded, so are women and girls, who are being forced to suffer horrific abuse, and anyone who disagrees with these things becomes a target of violence.

What are the root causes of these problems?

What are the root causes of this violence and misery?

It’s clear the root causes of these problems are terrorists from ISIL, and I’m proud this House voted to do something about it.

ISIL is a serious threat.

ISIL has explicitly threatened Canadians.

ISIL has robbed, raped and murdered thousands of innocent people.

Canadians across the country agree that someone should do something.

So what are we going to do about it?

We can’t just hope ISIL goes away.

We can’t just hope someone else will fix the problem.

I commend members of this House who voted to allow our troops to conduct airstrikes against ISIL.

The world needs Canada to take action, to defend the defenseless victims of ISIL, and to stop these terrorists.


Associated Link

  • Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on ISIL motion debated in Parliament
  • Statement on ISIL by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence
  • Statement from the Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff on Combatting ISIL

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