Following the President’s letter, the Prime Minister writes to Mr. Obama on the anniversary of 9/11.
The Liberal press office has sent out the following statement from interim leader Bob Rae.
“Ten years ago, the September 11th terrorist attacks shook the world. And as we extend our thoughts and sympathies to those families affected by this senseless attack, including the families of the Canadian victims, we also remember the strength, compassion and resolve exemplified by Canadians across the country as we responded to this disaster.
We remember the empathy, love and support that poured out from the more than 100,000 people who gathered on Parliament Hill for a national day of mourning.
We remember the professionalism and sense of duty of Canadian air traffic controllers and airport staff, who without hesitation welcomed the 33,000 passengers affected when American airspace was forced to close.
We remember the overwhelming hospitality shown by Canadians aiding those stranded passengers. Stories are still being told of the generosity and warmth of communities such as those in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Terrorism – the deliberate use of violence against a civilian population for a political goal – must always be countered with strong and smart policing strategies, efforts at prevention, effective and strategic intervention by security forces where necessary and a continuing dialogue between faiths and communities, both at home and abroad. Our common enemy is extremist violence, fuelled by ideologies that preach hatred.
Our thoughts are always with the victims of this tragedy and our efforts are in their honour.”