For Immediate Release | Check Against Delivery
January 29th, 2018
Mayor Crombie’s Remarks during Vigil Service on the Solemn Anniversary of Quebec Mosque Shooting
The following are remarks by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie delivered during a vigil service to commemorate the innocent lives lost a year ago in the attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City. The Vigil was held at the City of Mississauga’s Celebration Square.
“It is with heavy hearts that we come together on this solemn anniversary to commemorate the lives lost in the senseless attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City that claimed the lives of six worshippers and seriously injured nineteen more.
“Acts of violence, Islamophobia, and hatred have no place in our community. Mississauga stands with the Muslim community and we mourn with the families of those who lost loved ones to this unthinkable act of violence.
“There can be no rationale to justify such heinous violence, and no explanation will ever bring back those who lost their lives.
“These events have shaken us, but they will not break us.
“Mississauga is home to a vibrant, flourishing, peaceful Muslim community. We welcome people of all faiths, cultural backgrounds, and ethnicities to our city to live together – we are truly a global city.
“It is imperative that we stand together – Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Sikh, and every other faith, and even those with no faith – to send an unequivocal message that the scourge that is terrorism will not shake us, but will strengthen our resolve.
“Today is an opportunity to remember the enduring contributions made by newcomers from around the world, those who helped build Canada into the dynamic, respected and peaceful place we all call home.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, first responders and all of Quebec City.”