B.C. premier expresses sadness at mosque attack as violation of sanctuary

B.C. premier expresses sadness after mosque attack

VICTORIA — B.C. Premier Christy Clark expressed her shock and sadness Monday after a terrorist attack at a mosque in Quebec City.

Clark said mosques, like all houses of worship, are “sanctuaries of peace and reflection.”

“There is no greater violation,” she said in a news release.

“The world looks at Canada as a beacon of hope and peace, not just because of our diversity, but because we celebrate and embrace it. That is our greatest strength â€” and must not change.”

Clark said all British Columbians join with other Canadians in mourning those who were killed in the attack.

“As Canadians, we must speak up in the face of rising intolerance and hatred. Those who would seek to divide us through fear prey on silence, but they will fail. We will continue to cherish our differences, and welcome the world to our shores.”

Six people between the ages of 35 and 70 were killed in the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Quebec mosque.

At least 12 other people were taken to hospital, two of whom were in critical condition, and police have at least one suspect in custody.

The Canadian Press

Canadian Press