Message from Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel,
Chief of the Commission and Tribunals
(January 31, 2017)
Shooting at a Quebec City mosque
“I am shocked and extremely saddened about the violent attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec that took place in Quebec City this past Sunday.
“That this terrifying act happened in this country, in a place of innocent worship, counters everything that we are and that we stand for as Canadians.
“A mosque is a sacred place of worship where all Muslims and all people should feel safe and protected.
“In Alberta, and in Canada, we uphold the fundamental principle that all persons are equal in dignity, rights and responsibilities without regard to religious beliefs.
“It is our diversity, including our diversity of beliefs, that makes us stronger and unites us as people.
“During this dark time, hate, violence and intolerance have emerged in their most horrific form. We must unite and reach out to one other with love and support.
“Collectively, we mourn for those lost and we mourn with their families, friends and communities. Together we stand in our common humanity.”
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