Outpouring of solidarity for Toronto

Élan de solidarité pour Toronto

OTTAWA — Mines and dark heads, the elected officials in the House of commons observed a moment of silence to mark the events of Monday in Toronto.

“Much too early, here we are again, once more, trying to offer condolences,” sorry the chairman of the board, Geoff Regan, before the elected representatives do not share this moment of recollection, on Tuesday afternoon.

Early in the morning, the prime minister Justin Trudeau had summoned the press to the foyer of the House to express its sadness and reassure the public. “Attack senseless”, “horrific tragedy”, the event that made 10 people dead and 14 injured should not push the Canadians to live in fear, ” said the prime minister.

And while Alek Minassian was about to appear in Toronto to answer to 10 charges of first-degree murder and 13 charges of attempted murder, the politicians in Ottawa could not assume his motives.

“The investigations are still ongoing. […] For the reasons, the motivations, this is going to take a little time to understand what was in the mind of the aggressor in this situation”, said Mr. Trudeau during his short press conference in the foyer of the House.

“Canadians have a lot of questions and we are all together to ask us any questions on this attack senseless”, he added.

“You must determine all of the facts […], the story of the man […]. Who is this man? Does he have mental health problems? We must arrive at conclusions. And after, we can have a good discussion […] to find [strategies] to improve public safety”, commented, for his part, the leader of the conservatives Andrew Scheer before entering the Commons, in the early afternoon.

Its member of parliament Erin O’toole was pondering on the need to block access to cars in all the places where you find pedestrians in large numbers. “We need to see after every new kind of attack that we can learn to prevent the next attack,” said the mp who is familiar with this corner of Toronto, where he has already had a lawyers office.

Not a matter of national security

Mr. Trudeau reiterated Tuesday morning that the case had no link with the national security, the alert level in the country does not change. The plans of security for the G7 summit, at Charlevoix in June, not more.

But he still wants to address the public safety in view of the “changing circumstances of our world”. “We must not begin to live in fear, in uncertainty every day when you walk in our cities and when we live our lives,” he advised, touting the need to “remain a country that is open and free and comfortable in our values”.

Applause for first responders

As on the previous day in his written statement, the prime minister offered Tuesday morning, bright voice, his sincere condolences to the victims and their loved ones. He praised the first responders “extraordinary caliber”, whose efforts have certainly helped to save lives.

At the end of the day, his minister of public Safety joined in the applause, from Toronto.

“The police and first-responders have taken care of this extremely difficult situation with remarkable professionalism and with courage. And they deserve our thanks,” said the minister Ralph Goodale before reporting on the ministerial meeting of the G7 in which he was participating.

Solidarity for Toronto

The parliamentary leader new democrat Guy Caron is also gone an expression of solidarity for Toronto, momentum picked up by several.

“As the Canada, Toronto is a strong, diverse, loving, and courageous. Nothing that happened yesterday will change that,” he offered.

“Toronto is a strong city, has taken over the conservative chief Scheer. Its residents will have our support when they find themselves not only in anger and grief, but also in solidarity.”

“As a Montrealer, I am of any heart with the people, and I am confident that my fellow montrealers are with me in this difficult time”, has contributed, for its part, Mélanie Joly to his arrival in the Room.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, prince Philip, have also testified to their solidarity in a press release sent Tuesday afternoon.

“Prince Philip and I join our voices with those of all Canadians to express the sadness that we feel in the face of the terrible tragedy that has rocked Toronto yesterday. We offer our most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and we have, for all those who have been injured and affected by this incident, the hope of a full recovery”, they said.

Washington, the presidents american and French have added their voice to the sympathies expressed.

“Our hearts are accompanying grieving families,” said Donald Trump, while his host Emmanuel Macron echoed the same sentiment. “In these times, we stand together,” assured the French president.

The president Macron had already spoken with Mr. Trudeau in the Monday evening to express his solidarity and to offer him the aid of France.

The prime minister did not go to Toronto immediately.

“It continues to be an active investigation. I intend to go there as soon as it will make sense that I should go there. For now, I think we’re going to let people do their work without too much disturbance,” said Mr. Trudeau.



In the aftermath of the attack on the van, the canadian metropolis in the spring more strong, assured mayor John Tory, who went to lay flowers at the scene, Tuesday afternoon, in the company of the premier of ontario, Kathleen Wynne.

Élan de solidarité pour Toronto

The premier of ontario, Kathleen Wynne, and Toronto mayor, John Tory, went to collect then they were surrounded by television cameras and journalists.

The canadian Press, Galit Rodan

Candles, flowers and messages of support began to accumulate Tuesday morning, on the east side of Yonge st., near Finch avenue, where the tragedy took place on Monday afternoon.

The man at the origin of this place of gathering, impromptu to the memory of the victims expressed the hope that it can help residents to express their sorrow immeasurable.

Konstantin Goulich indicated that he had glued four large boxes on a wall near the scene of the drama so that people can leave messages of condolences and hope.

Tuesday afternoon, dozens of papers spanning approximately 15 metres were filled with messages poignant in several languages. Bouquets of flowers covered the top of the wall and had begun to spread on the ground nearby.

Élan de solidarité pour Toronto

The canadian Press, Galit Rodan

Mr. Goulich, which lies in the north of Toronto, said to be haunted by the images of the victims, while commending the fact that the memorial has become a place where people can discuss, collect and comfort.

About a block later, the florist Katherine Liu has stated that she gave the flowers to anyone who passed by, since she felt the need to act.

Mr. Goulich said that hundreds of people had visited the memorial on Tuesday.

“People have been traumatized. This is a time where we need to gather, and I think people can feel it,” said Mr. Goulich, who organized also a vigil Tuesday night.

John Tory and Kathleen Wynne have gone to collect at this place, then they were surrounded by television cameras and journalists.

The two politicians appeared to be very moved watching the memorial.

“It is very important for us to be here together, united and strong. Toronto is strong now, too,” said Mr. Tory in front of the journalists.

“We are together. We are all in so much sorrow,” added Wynne.

Citizens who gathered at the scene were struggling to understand what happened in this sector, that some have described as a haven of peace.

“We sympathize with this community, because we live here, we shop here, we laugh with the people here,” testified one resident, Don-Antonio Andrew.

“This is very traumatic to this area and this neighborhood.”

Claire Hurley, who went to place flowers, was in shock upon learning of the tragedy that has shaken his neighborhood.

“Everyone was taking advantage of the sun and of life. I guess we should […] enjoy every day,” she testified.


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