Canadian political leaders reacted with horror to the terrorist attacks in Paris. The news of the attacks broke late Friday in the nation’s capital with all three main party leaders denouncing the cowardly acts.
“I am shocked and saddened that so many people have been killed and injured today in a number of terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and that many others are being held hostage,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
Trudeau also took time to make brief remarks before the cameras as he and his entourage were boarding a plane to travel to the G-20 conference in Antalya, Turkey. He reiterated that Canada stands poised to help France and said he had spoken to his national security team to ensure all steps were taken to protect the safety of Canadians.
Rona Ambrose, the interim leader of the Conservatives, called for swift action to bring those responsible to justice.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and those injured in the terrorist attacks today in Paris, and we pray for the safe release of the hostages currently being held,” Ambrose said.
"Let there be no mistake, Canada and Canadians stand with France on this tragic day.”
There was no break among the leaders in calling what happened in France a terrorist attack. New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair, whose wife is a French immigrant, denounced what had happened.
“Canadians are shocked and horrified by the terrorist attacks in Paris today. We stand with the world in grieving this terrible loss of life and in condemning cowardly violence,” Mulcair said.
“On behalf of all New Democrats, I extend my profound condolences to the families of those killed, and to the people of France.”
Canadians travelling to France were warned of possible impediments.
“The situation is evolving. A state of emergency was declared. Borders are closed and there could be delays in flights to and from Paris,” and advisory on the Global Affairs website read.
Canadians in Paris in distress or those with family in the area worried for their safety are encouraged to contact government hotlines. The Embassy of Canada in Paris can be reached by phone at +33 (0)1 44 43 29 02 or you can contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.