Editor: There are very few moments in time that can cause an entire country to pause, gripped by the unspeakable as it unfolds, but the morning of Oct. 22 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa will always be one of those moments for me and millions of other Canadians. The horrific events that took place over those awful few hours are a stark reminder to us all that we must remain vigilant in protecting the values that we hold dear, and the institutions that make us who we are.
But such moments also remind us that we are bound by a common purpose — to support those who rise up against tyranny, and provide comfort to those in grief — that simply cannot be defeated by hatred. And they also serve to help strengthen our community, so that it may emerge bent, but never broken.
I am constantly reminded by the small everyday encounters I have, whether they are with my wife, my children, my colleagues, or perfect strangers, that Canada is a nation of passionate and resilient people, and I know that the events of Oct. 22 will not weaken our collective resolve to remain hopeful in a world that sometimes seems anything but.
And I ask that all Canadians remember the ultimate sacrifice that Corporal Nathan Cirillo and his family have made to shield our country against cruelty, and the remarkable bravery that Kevin Vickers showed in defying the depravity of a man who would destroy that which we have built together.
We live in an increasingly complex global community, and it is events like those that occurred on Oct. 22 that underscore the reality that it can only be standing together, bound by a steadfast commitment to each other, that will allow us to find light in the darkness. We are Canada, true north, strong and free. Please, let that be always.
John Aldag, candidate,
Liberal Party of Canada,
Cloverdale-Langley City riding