Statements in the B.C. Legislature on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 on the Toronto violence:
Hon. J. Horgan: I rise to make a ministerial statement.
Hon. Speaker and Members of this place, we heard in the prayer this morning from the member for Nanaimo. We were reminded of the tragedy that took place in Toronto yesterday, where innocent citizens walking on a sunny day, going about their business, were run down by an assailant who has now been apprehended by the good work of first responders in the city of Toronto.
We on this side of the House and, I know, all members grieve for the families who have had ten lives taken from them, and for the 15 injured, from the senseless violence brought upon the good people of Toronto for reasons not yet known. It’s the notion that citizens cannot enjoy the pursuit of peace, order and good government — that particularly Canadian way to look at things. This sort of activity that we often hear about in other jurisdictions has come home to us here in Canada.
I know that all members will join with me and, certainly, in the moments ahead, speak of their own personal feelings around this issue. For me, to have had the Humboldt Broncos incident visited upon the people of Canada, and now this…. I think it speaks to our ability to rise above tragedy and to hold fast as Canadians to those quintessential Canadian values of tolerance for each other, respect for the dignity of individuals and, of course, the sanctity of life.
Again, I speak on behalf of the government of British Columbia — and, I know, others in this House will speak — to the people of Toronto. To the families, particularly, who were affected: our deepest, deepest condolences. To the first responders and the victims and the witnesses that experienced one of the most tragic days we could ever possibly imagine: our hearts and our thoughts are with you at this time.
A. Wilkinson: In Canada, we are sadly accustomed to seeing tragic events unfold in other countries, but it rarely comes home to us here. A massive motor vehicle accident in Saskatchewan occurred very recently and shocked us all, because of the innocent lives lost, the tragedy of the moment. But that was by no means intentional. What we saw yesterday was the intentional act of an individual who just went out and sought to destroy lives.
For all of us in this chamber and the many British Columbians with relatives and friends in Toronto, we are not accustomed to turning our eyes to the television and thinking: “Where are they?”
All of us have to recognize that this kind of thing does come to Canada. We cannot be naive. We have to commit ourselves, in this chamber and throughout our society, to working together across this country to reinforce the fundamental principle of Canada, which is peace, order and good government, because we all depend on it every single day.
A. Weaver: On behalf of my colleagues, I, too, would like to join the Premier in extending our sincere condolences to the families of those who tragically lost their lives in the motor vehicle attack in Toronto. We understand that this is a very difficult time for them. We understand that Toronto is hurting, and all of Canada is grieving.
Let us hope that as we move forward and learn from what has happened here, we get to the source of these issues. We understand that people with mental illness or other issues need the treatment that they do. Let’s hope that we can prevent future such occurrences from occurring. Our sincere condolences to the people in Toronto and the families of the victims.
Source: BC Hansard.