Surrey: BC NDP MLAS commemorate third anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec
New Democrat government Surrey MLAs are marking the third anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec.
On January 29, 2017, six people were killed and 19 others injured when a man opened fire inside a mosque, the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. MLAs in Surrey are joining many around the world to mark the occasion by remembering the lives of those lost in the tragedy, and by sharing commitments to stand against Islamophobia, violence and discrimination.
“Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane, Azzedine Soufiane and Aboubaker Thabti were taken from us to soon, but they will never be forgotten,” said Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton. “It is vital not only that we remember them, but that we honour them by working to build communities where diversity and equality are celebrated.”
“We stand in solidarity with Muslim Canadians in Surrey and around the world as we mark this great tragedy,” said Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey Panorama. “As we remember the lives of those lost, we must also work together to ensure we stand up to hatred and intolerance wherever we see it. Love over hate, always.”
“Three years ago today, six people lost their lives, and six families were changed forever,” said Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers. “On days like today we reaffirm our commitment to building a society where people of every faith and background are safe, secure, and welcome.”