“Today, I join all Canadians to pay tribute and remember those we have lost to terrorist attacks. I extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends who are without their loved ones, and to everyone living with pain and trauma caused by these senseless acts of violence.
“On this day in 1985, 329 innocent people, including 280 Canadians, were killed by a terrorist attack on Air India Flight 182 bound for the United Kingdom from Canada. This remains the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history. To honour the victims of this tragedy and of terrorist attacks across the world, the government declared June 23 of every year as a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.
“As a country, we cannot become desensitized to violence and we cannot accept it as normal. Terrorism has no place in this country and the Government of Canada condemns all forms of terrorism. We work with our allies at home and abroad to stop the spread of violent extremism and terrorism, and to strengthen the resilience and inclusiveness of our society against terrorist and violent extremist ideologies. Canada continues to uphold the values of inclusion, respect for diversity, and pluralism – values that are stronger than fear, hatred, and intolerance.
“On this day, we also express solidarity with the survivors and those injured in terrorist attacks. The impacts of these incidents are wide-ranging, and we would like to thank the essential service providers who respond to terrorist incidents and are key to providing support for survivors. From security and law enforcement agencies, diplomats, members of the intelligence community, to health care professionals, prevention practitioners, and civil society organizations, these local engagements are key to help victims and survivors of terrorism, and to foster community resilience.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I honour those we have lost to acts of terrorism. As Canadians, we choose compassion over hate and we embrace diversity and equality as we work to build a safer Canada for everyone.”
CONSERVATIVE Parry Leader Candice Bergen said in a statement:
“On June 23, 1985, the 329 people aboard Air India Flight 182, including 280 Canadians, were cruelly murdered in the deadliest terror attack in Canadian history. In mere moments, Canada would be forever changed by the violence carried out against these innocent passengers.
“Today, we remember the victims of this tragedy – including the many family members who had loved ones viciously stolen from them.
“In 2005, in the memory of this attack, June 23 was declared National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Terrorism. On this day, we mourn for every life that has been cut short by terrorism and re-commit to strengthening our country so that all Canadians can live without fear, in peace and security.
“We also renew our commitment to working with our allies to build a world where no one has to live in fear of violence.
“Canada will never allow these evil attacks to divide us from one another. Canadians will always stand together as we fiercely defend values of freedom, tolerance and democracy.”