Mr. Speaker, it is with a heavy heart, shock and sadness that I speak to you today about the tragedy that occurred last evening in Moncton, New Brunswick. As you have probably heard on the news, three RCMP officers lost their lives in the line of duty in a way that makes no sense to any of us.
I know that I speak for all of us in extending our deepest condolences to the families of the members who gave their lives, and to the families of every RCMP officer serving in New Brunswick, in the Northwest Territories, across Canada and throughout the world. I have family in Moncton, so this strikes very close to home for me.
Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to have the RCMP as our Territorial and National Police service. It is an honour to work with Superintendent Ron Smith and all the members and staff of RCMP “G’ Division who work hard to make our homes and communities safer places, and to witness the commitment that members of the RCMP bring to their job every day, knowing the risks they face. These are our community members, friends and neighbours.
Mr. Speaker it is not certain what took place last evening, but when tragedies such as this occur, it strikes deeply in the heart of all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen members and the entire RCMP. I sincerely hope that our condolences bring some comfort to them during this very difficult time. We pray for Moncton.