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MP Joyce Murray honours fallen soldiers Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent

Posted on October 23, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, today I rise to pay honour to Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo, a young reservist, and to Warrant Office Patrice Vincent, a 28-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces; both tragically killed in service to their country.

Nathan Cirillo was victim of a callous act of murder yesterday while performing his duties standing guard before one of the key symbols of our fight for freedom, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Patrice est décédé juste à l’extérieur de l’installation où il fournissait des services de soutien aux membres actifs et aux anciens de nos Forces armées.

These deaths remind us all that living in freedom sometimes comes at a very high price, and it is the ultimate price that these two brave soldiers have paid. It engraves in our hearts our appreciation for the service of Canadian Armed Forces members.

The legacy of these two heart-wrenching deaths must be that Canada and all Canadians will not be deterred by those who seek to harm us, but will continue to vigorously defend our freedoms and our values.

Remarks by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on the shootings in Ottawa

Posted on October 23, 2014 | No Comments

I am deeply saddened by today’s horrific events here in Ottawa, and unreservedly condemn these brutal and heartless acts of violence.

This attack is unforgivable. Should any other perpetrators or co-conspirators exist, they must be caught and be punished to the full force of our laws. I’ve extended an offer of full support to the government, along with any assistance members of our Party can provide at this time.

My thoughts and prayers, along with those of my colleagues, go out to the family and friends of the victims of today’s horrific shooting, including Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo, who was standing dutifully, guarding one of our nation’s most sacred monuments.

Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel today over his loss.

To the brave women and men who rushed to the scene to confront the shooter, and help keep us safe, I can say only thank you. Thank you for your selfless courage and your professionalism in a time of crisis.

In the days that follow, there will be questions, anger, and perhaps confusion. This is natural, but we cannot let it get the better of us. Losing ourselves to fear and speculation is the intention of those who commit these heinous acts.

They mean to shake us. We will remain resolved.

They want us to forget ourselves. Instead, we should remember.

We should remember who we are. We are a proud democracy, a welcoming and peaceful nation, and a country of open arms and open hearts. We are a nation of fairness, justice, and the rule of law.

We will not be intimidated into changing that.

If anything, these are the values and principles to which we must hold on even tighter. Our dedication to democracy and the institutions we have built are the foundation of our society. A continued belief in both will guide us correctly into the future. Staying true to our values in a time of crisis will make us an example to the world.

Criminals cannot and will not dictate to us how we act as a nation, how we govern ourselves, or how we treat each other. They cannot and will not dictate our values. And they do not get to decide how we use our shared public spaces.

Today we heard about a loss of innocence in Canada. This is inaccurate. Canada is not innocent to the threats we face, and we know that we are not immune. What is true is that we have not let those threats shape us, and we have never bowed to those who mean to undermine our values and way of life.

We have remained Canadians. And this should be how we will carry on.

We deserve answers to how and why this happened. They will be vital in preventing any potential future attack.

To our friends and fellow citizens in the Muslim community, Canadians know acts such as these committed in the name of Islam are an aberration of your faith. Continued mutual cooperation and respect will help prevent the influence of distorted ideological propaganda posing as religion. We will walk forward together, not apart.

In the coming days, we will be inundated with pictures and videos showing what happened today. But there is one in particular we should remember: the picture in our minds we have of a Canadian guarding Canadians. That is who we truly are. That is who we will continue to be.

MP Joyce Murray holds government to account after cargo ship accident

Posted on October 20, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the Coast Guard took more than 20 hours to reach the Russian cargo ship drifting in heavy seas right off the coast of Haida Gwaii. The Haida chief himself noted it was only luck that prevented a disaster, luck of offshore winds and luck of an American tugboat with the right equipment. However, it was close and the next time it could be an oil tanker.
A year ago a federal panel noted there are major gaps in the government’s oil spill response. The minister’s excuse today was about new Coast Guard ships in the future, but talk is cheap and after nine years not a single piece of steel has been cut. When will the government fill these gaps?

Hon. Gail Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, CPC): Mr. Speaker, in response to the hon. member’s question, this was a private towing vessel that came to tow the vessel that was in trouble. I want to support and salute our men and women in the Canadian Coast Guard and our men and women in the Department of National Defence because they did all the work to keep this vessel safe until some help arrived.
Our government has provided unprecedented support of $6.8 billion to renew the Coast Guard fleet. This investment demonstrates our support for the safety and security of marine industries and for environment.

Oct 31 MP Breakfast with guest speaker Anne Giardini – What will it take to get more women on Boards?

Posted on October 17, 2014 | No Comments

Please join MP Joyce Murray on Friday, October 31 for a Halloween MP Breakfast with special guest Anne Giardini, Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. “What will […]

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Armed Forces weakened by government’s procurement failures

Posted on October 13, 2014 | No Comments

The Hill Times online by Liberal MP Joyce Murray It goes without saying that this is a time of great instability in the world. ISIL’s murderous […]

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MP Joyce Murray wants the facts on National Defence

Posted on October 9, 2014 | No Comments

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MP Joyce Murray speaking on the need to replace Canada’s CF-18s

Posted on October 8, 2014 | No Comments

Mr. Speaker, it goes without saying that this a time of great instability in the world. ISIL’s murderous reign of terror in an already chaotic Middle […]

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MP Joyce Murray demands better access to health services for Canadian troops

Posted on October 7, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, two years ago, the Canadian Forces Ombudsman reported that: …[a] chronic personnel deficit has strained the mental health […]

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Think your cell phone conversations are private? Think again: MP

Posted on October 6, 2014 | No Comments

Peterborough This WeekPETERBOROUGH – Joyce Murray, MP for Vancouver Quadra and Liberal National Defense Critic, announced her Private Member`s Bill that will bring Canada’s signals agency—the […]

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MP Joyce Murray calls the government to account on its handling of Iraq

Posted on October 6, 2014 | No Comments

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the government said it would assess the results of the original non-combat mission in Iraq after 30 days. […]

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