Robyn Benson, PSAC

RIP Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo

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As I read in the news that Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo will be laid to rest today, the dreadful events of a few days ago are still fresh in my mind.

My heart goes out to the family of the 24-year old Corporal, unarmed, murdered while standing ceremonial honour guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In particular I think of this single father’s son, sitting in kindergarten at the time, and the impossibility that he can even begin to understand what just happened to his world.

Thousands of our members and many others who found themselves under lockdown in downtown Ottawa for the better part of a day kept their composure and waited for the grim and careful police work to end. I salute the bravery of all of those involved in bringing this horror to a halt.

This was a traumatic event, but we shall recover from it. I do not believe that Canada, or Ottawa, has changed. We are today who we were a few days ago, if sadder and more apprehensive. Let us mourn and let us ensure that we do not allow these terrible events to diminish the free and inclusive character of our country.

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