“Look out for each other. Remain vigilant, but know that Canada remains strong and free,” says the Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson

(A terrorist attack occurred on October 22, 2014, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian soldier on ceremonial guard duty at the Canadian National War Memorial. He then launched an attack in the nearby Centre Block parliament building, where members of the Parliament of Canada were attending caucuses. Zehaf-Bibeau was killed inside the block in a gunfight with parliament security personnel. Following the shootings, the downtown core of Ottawa was placed on lockdown while police searched for any potential additional threats.)

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Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson addressing the media after the attacks.

Addressing the media after the attacks Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said, 

“This is an unsettling event for all of us. Though we are calling on everyone to remain vigilant, I want to stress that you are safe. Your families are safe.

It is disheartening and frightening to anyone — police included — when a senseless act of violence takes place in Canada.

I would like to acknowledge the response of RCMP members, Parliamentary security and Ottawa Police officers, who rushed into a dangerous and volatile situation. We had a total of 400 resources deployed to Parliament Hill yesterday. This included investigators, intelligence, emergency response teams, technical support, crisis negotiators, incident commanders, tactical troops and more.

I realize there will be many questions regarding the RCMP’s role in protecting the Parliamentary precinct.

I can tell you, it is certainly a challenging security environment.

We must balance the need to be responsive to potential threats and risks to our Parliamentarians, their staff and the general public, with the freedom to allow for secure and democratic access in and around our institutions of government.

I want to close by thanking the public who respected and tolerated the security perimeters established in downtown Ottawa yesterday, along with the many other citizens who patiently waited in lock-down until the scene was secure.

There was a large volume of people at the scene of the incident and it took time to process them and ensure their safety.

Your co-operation was invaluable to officers who were trying to get a difficult job done under very stressful circumstances.

I also want to acknowledge the media who took time to sift through facts in order to provide timely and accurate information to the public.

We understand that when such terrible incidents happen, there is an appetite to know as much as possible — as soon as possible.

Trust that we want to provide you this information, but we also must respect protocol regarding notification of kin, along with protecting the integrity of the investigation of an incident that was still ongoing at the time.

Our investigation continues and is complex in scope. We will be increasing our uniformed presence for the immediate future by adding an additional rapid response capability.

Be assured we have the right people working to accomplish the large task at hand.

We ask for the public’s continued patience as we continue to investigate this matter.

These tragic events underscore how we all must take active measures to ensure we protect the safety and security of all Canadians.

Look out for each other. Remain vigilant, but know that Canada remains strong and free.

Stay safe.

Thank you.”

(Here are some photographs of our first responders and our protectors on the fateful day. These are the moments we must honor and salute our protectors and not sell them short. In these critical times we must extend our full cooperation and support to our brave heroes who keep Canada safe and free for us to live  and enjoy a safe and beautiful life.)

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(My prayer for our RCMP heroes)

“If the divine powers take note of the dutiful in any way,

If there is any justice anywhere,

and a mind recognizing in itself what is right,

May the gods bring you your earned rewards”.

(Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 1, 1.603)

© Samina Iqbal. 2014

About saminaiqbal27

I am a free lance writer who loves to write on social issues in particular. I am a house wife and my husband Dr. Shams Iqbal offers all the support and encouragement so that I can pursue my passion for authorship and other cause which is dear to me. My lifelong mission in life is to offer my support for the police officers who need to be supported and protected by general public like us. My inspiration to do this comes from my personal experiences of some of the greatest police officers whom I have witnessed do great deeds for the good of humanity. I am so inspired and fascinated to support this law enforcement group. On the other hand I like music, movies specially classics, I am a fashion geek, English and American literature are my passions.
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20 Responses to “Look out for each other. Remain vigilant, but know that Canada remains strong and free,” says the Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson

  1. cg says:

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    Thank God, that Canada’s doing better than the US is.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing my post. This incident has shaken us all up in Canada. Lets hope nothing like this ever happens again. Our police agencies are working very hard to keep us safe. Thanks for the visit and your input my friend. Take care and God bless.

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  2. josephpaglino says:

    Hello Samina: I was on a cruise to the Bahamas when this happened, and did not learn about it until today. I am very sorry for the tragedy, which is so rare for your country. Your Commissioner seems like he is in control and knows what he is doing (so rare nowadays from leaders!). Our thought here are with you. Regards, Joseph Paglino  From: Samina’s Forum for police support To: josephpaglino@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:16 PM Subject: [New post] “Look out for each other. Remain vigilant, but know that Canada remains strong and free,” says the Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson #yiv6939878617 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6939878617 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6939878617 a.yiv6939878617primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6939878617 a.yiv6939878617primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6939878617 a.yiv6939878617primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6939878617 a.yiv6939878617primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6939878617 WordPress.com | saminaiqbal27 posted: “(A terrorist attack occurred on October 22, 2014, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian soldier on ceremonial guard duty at the Canadian National War Memorial. He then launched an attack in ” | |

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    • Hi Joe. It’s so nice to hear from you. I am sure you must have had a lovely cruise trip to Bahamas. I appreciate your sentiments. Yes something like this has never happened in Canada before. Every Canadian is shaken up and we have all cried, including the parliamentarians for the tragedy. Our Honorable commissioner has been very reassuring and confident that we are in very good hands. He is a very soft spoken person and he has been there for us to answer all the concerns and questions and to console us in this difficult time. This has brought the opposition parties together for the country and we all feel shaken up yet very strong and confident. I must say we are all very proud of our RCMP for dealing with the situation very well. And yes Canadians feel very blessed for the support of United States for us. Thank you so much for your support, it is a very comforting feeling. Take care and God bless.

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  3. jmsabbagh says:

    Superb post ,our pryer with Canada and the Brave Canadian Police force.Be blessed and your family.Jalal

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    • Hi Jalal. Thank you so much for your lovely sentiments about my post and your appreciation of our police force RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). No doubt RCMP got to be the best Police Force in the world and our Commissioner the best Commissioner who is caring, kind, and extremely brave. He is an exemplary leader, and we are very lucky to have him and his RCMP to protect us. Thanks for the visit and your lovely comment my friend. It means a lot to me. Take care and God bless.

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  4. Thank you for this wonderful post, Samina. Our world is a different place and it makes me sad. It’s so nice to see you, my dear friend, I’ve missed you!

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    • Hi Jill my dear friend. It is so very nice to hear form you. My journalistic adventures have kept me occupied and hopefully I intent to get back to my blog fully. I am out of touch with my blogger friends and I have missed you so much Jill. Thanks for the lovely comment. We are all shaken up to the core by this incident. Every Canadian including the politicians have cried publicly. The consoling factor for all of us has been our brave RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and our Honorable Commissioner Bob Paulson. At times like these all of us have realized how important it is to have a great police force and a superb leader of police to protect us and to guide us and to make us feel safe and secure. We are blessed. Lovely to see your beautiful face my friend. Take care and God bless.

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  5. terrepruitt says:

    This is so sad. I just don’t know what to say.

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    • Yes terrepruitt it is very sad and we have all mourned and cried and have tried to come to grips with this tragedy. Thanks to our superb RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and our RCMP Commissoner Bob Paulson who have been very brave and strong and have reassured us that we are safe. Thanks for your concern my friend. Take care and God bless.

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    • Hi Sharmi my friend. This is no doubt horrible and it has shaken us all very much. Canada is a very peaceful nation and nothing like this has ever happened. We are all right now, much stronger and together united as a nation. As you must have seen in the photographs our RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) took total control of the situation and our RCMP Commissioner has been there for us to guide us and to reassure us that everything will be fine and that we are safe. They are doing a tremendous job of protecting us. We are indeed very blessed. Take care and God bless.

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  6. Yes, the image that we get of Canada is very peaceful. I have seen some programs and have recently watched a series on canada police department (fiction) in action. Canada is quite peaceful in comparison to too many countries.

    I hope and pray with all my heart that this is just a stray incident!

    You too take care and a have a great weekend.
    love.

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  7. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

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  8. When I lived in Ottawa,I sometimes would drive up to the Parliament buildings. I was able to drive around them to the Library & back. Nobody is going to be able to visit them anymore.
    & to think a few crazies stole this from us all……

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