TORONTO –The Governor General of Canada wishes to share a message addressed to all Canadians from Her Majesty The Queen following the tragedy in Toronto:
“Prince Philip and I join all Canadians in expressing our sadness following the terrible tragedy that occurred in Toronto yesterday. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were lost, as well as our hopes for full recovery to all who were injured and affected by this incident. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.”
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the fatal van attack in Toronto:
“It was with great sadness that I heard about the tragic and senseless attack that took place in Toronto this afternoon. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and my thoughts for a fast and full recovery to those injured.
“I thank the first responders at the scene who managed this extremely difficult situation with courage and professionalism. They faced danger without hesitation, and their efforts no doubt saved lives and prevented further injuries.
“We should all feel safe walking in our cities and communities. We are monitoring this situation closely, and will continue working with our law enforcement partners around the country to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.”
Doug Ford in a statement issued today says, “I just met with our Caucus and want to share that our hearts break for the victims of this terrible tragedy and their families. I want to thank the first responders, and give special thanks to Constable Ken Lam, what a true hero. This is a tough time but in these moments our country, our province and our city come together. There has been an outpouring of support right across the province. Our prayers and our thoughts are with the families and the victims. I will be going to the vigil tonight.”
CN (TSX:CNR) (NYSE:CNI) announced today it will make a donation of $50,000 to the #TorontoStrong Fund established by Mayor John Tory, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Foundation in support of victims of the deadly van attack on Monday.
“On behalf of the entire CN family, I would like to express our condolences to the people of Toronto who experienced a senseless tragedy yesterday,” said JJ Ruest, interim president and chief executive officer of CN. “To those who have lost loved ones and to those who are recovering, you are in our thoughts and prayers. In making this donation we hope it will encourage others to donate to support the victims and their families.”
The #TorontoStrong Fund will identify organizations and agencies to benefit from these donations in a coordinated, accountable manner.
“In this moment of violence and loss, we are seeing Toronto’s true colours – we are a generous and highly compassionate city,” said Sharon Avery, president and chief executive officer of the Toronto Foundation. “We have joined with the city of Toronto to create the #TorontoStrong Fund, where Torontonians can support those affected by this horrific attack in a unified way and help our city to heal.”