HALIFAX – The Green Party of Canada extends heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s mass killings in several Nova Scotia communities – from the small community of Portapique, about 40 km west of Truro to Enfield, near the Halifax International Airport. Our thoughts are with all Nova Scotians, on this tragic day.
“As Premier Stephen MacNeil has said, we will not be defined by this tragedy, we will be defined by how we deal with it,” said Green Party Interim Leader Jo-Ann Roberts. “As Nova Scotians, as Canadians, we will reach out to each other, we will support the families of those who died. We will make muffins, sing and say prayers, we will provide counselling, we will love, and we will remember.”
Details continue to emerge on the identities of the victims, but as in most small communities everyone knows someone who has been impacted by this terrible situation. Green Party parliamentary leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), herself a Nova Scotian, is personally connected to one of those families.
“Our hearts are breaking for everyone impacted by this tragedy,” said Jenica Atwin (MP, Fredericton). “In small maritime communities like Portapique and my home community of Rusagonis, we know our neighbours and we look out for one another. Such a senseless, violent, hateful act is utterly incomprehensible. I join all New Brunswickers, and indeed all Canadians from coast to coast to coast, in sharing our deepest condolences with our neighbours to the East. Our hearts are with you today.”
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