Canadians will not be intimidated. Those were the words from Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a special sitting of the House of Commons Thursday morning following Wednesday’s tragic shooting on Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial. Harper says the attack was to instill fear and panic but we will not panic. The leader of the official opposition Thomas Mulcair also said this was a cowardly act that was designed to shake our country. But Mulcair says this will only harden our resolve. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said acts of terror won’t dictate our values, adding we’ll walk together and never apart. All three leaders praised Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers who shot the terrorist in Parliament. Meanwhile the morning special sitting began with a deafening and standing ovation for Vickers. Vickers’ face remained solemn as he nodded to the crowd and held back tears. The applause was followed by a special prayer, then a moment of silence and the singing of the national anthem. Before the gunman was stopped, he shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo a reservist stationed at the War Memorial.
Flowers laid at the War Memorial where terroist gunned down Corporal Nathan Cirillo