Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

September 13, 2007 17:52 ET

Statement by Minister Michael M Fortier on the Marking of the First Anniversary of the Shooting at Dawson College

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2007) - The Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, made the following statement at the ceremony at Dawson College:

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to convey my thoughts and prayers to you as Canada remembers the events that unfolded at Dawson College one year ago today.

On that day, many innocent people were forever touched by regrettable acts of violence. Over the past year, I have seen this tragedy have a tremendous impact across Canada, but especially here in Montreal. As a father raising six children here, my heart continues to go out to the Montreal family and friends this so closely affects.

The tragic death of one student and the serious injuries of others remind us that we must be vigilant in the fight against crime. Canada's New Government remains committed to implementing measures and working with our partners to keep our streets and schools safe. We must remain determined in our efforts to prevent such tragedies in the future.

Today is a day when we should also recognize the heroic deeds of those who put themselves in the line of danger to rescue victims. Many people intervened to treat the injured, and to offer their help under very difficult circumstances.

Police officers, paramedics, health care employees, and Dawson College staff and students - the actions of these great men and women saved countless lives.

On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I wish to relay my deepest thanks to these determined men and women, and to honour your selflessness, your courage and your service to the community.

And I wish to offer our thoughts and support to the family and everyone at Dawson College.

Minister Fortier took the opportunity to underscore the strength and courage of the students and staff at Dawson College. He also presented to the De Souza family the flag that flew from atop the Peace Tower on September 13, 2007.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Fortier
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary