An unspeakable tragedy has fallen upon our province, our country. Shocking and horrific.

We like to believe that we live in a place of tolerance and respect. Where neighbours live in harmony with neighbours. These are our core values as Canadians.

These acts of senseless violence are, thankfully, so incredibly rare in our country. And they would be even fewer if we were to ban weapons in Canada, as the vast majority of peace-loving, law-abiding citizens do not have any need to possess firearms.

A horrific and senseless act of cowardliness that has no place in Canada and should not be acceptable anywhere in the world.

May peace be upon our Muslim neighbours and all Quebecers and Canadians, regardless of religion, language or background. Assalamu ‘Alaikum. Shalom Aleichem.