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In the aftermath of yesterday’s events in Ottawa and on behalf of all CUPE members, we offer our solidarity and sincere condolences to the family of Nathan Cirillo the 24 year old armed forces reservist who was killed at the hands of a lone gunman in Ottawa.

We also offer our message of solidarity and thanks to all emergency response workers including the Ottawa Paramedics, represented by CUPE 503 who were called into duty yesterday. We salute all emergency response workers who serve and protect us throughout the country 24/7, 365 days a year.

We also stand in solidarity with all Members of Parliament and the hundreds of staff who work on and near Parliament Hill.

Fear and anger are natural emotions when events such as occurred yesterday happen. It is important that we stand together in solidarity, committed to one another as Canadians and committed to not letting fear define us. Rather, our unity and solidarity must reaffirm our commitment to peace, social justice and our responsibility to do our part to build a better world.

In solidarity,

Paul Moist, National President
Charles Fleury, National-Secretary Treasurer