My country, Canada, is mourning the loss of two brave Canadian servicemen who were recently murdered in cold blood here in Canada. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent of St. Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec was cowardly run down in a parking lot and Corporal Nathan Cirillo was ambushed as he stood unarmed guard at our National War Monument in Ottawa, Ontario.
We will not forget them, we will honour their memories and we thank them with all our hearts for their unfailing duty to our country. With my most heartfelt condolences I send my deepest sympathies to their families who are struggling to understand how it is that their loved ones were killed here, at home, on Canadian soil.
Despite what the cowards who murdered these brave men would like to think, we will not be cowed, we will not be afraid and we will not stop standing with the world to defeat them. Their actions have strengthened our resolve, not weakened it.
I will, with pride and thanks, attend my local cenotaph on November 11th to remember and honour those who have given their lives in the defense of democracy and freedom. I hope that you will all do the same and that you too, will not be afraid.