Statement by Hon. John McKay M.P. Honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo


Yesterday morning, a member of our Canadian Forces lost his life. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a proud father and member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, was shot and killed while performing honorary guard at the National War Memorial. I extend my prayers and condolences to Cpl. Cirillo’s family, friends, and regiment.

In the events that followed, our nation’s capital underwent an unprecedented ordeal, and our armed forces placed downtown Ottawa under full lockdown. Through the outstanding efforts of our military, police, and security services, further incidents were prevented. I can’t express enough of my appreciation for our men and women in uniform.

Throughout my 17 years as a Member of Parliament, it has been my experience that Canadians enjoy reasonable access to Parliament and their elected legislators. Without a doubt, this freedom is of tremendous value to our country.

Yesterday’s events have only put these democratic virtues into perspective. It is my hope that Canadians take a moment to recall how fortunate we are, and never cease to take our liberties for granted. Indeed, we must not allow violent acts to goad us into paranoia and fear. A tragedy of such gravity can only be properly responded to with resilience.

Hon. John McKay P.C., M.P.