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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2019
Office of the Premier
Premier's statement on the mosque shootings in New Zealand

VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement regarding the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand:

“Today, people around the world are grieving for the 49 souls who had their lives taken in a devastating act of terrorism at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“As we mourn and pray for those who have been injured, we send our deepest condolences to people who have lost their loved ones.

“To murder in a place of worship is a deep violation. People around the world feel less safe in their communities today, and that is something we cannot accept.

“The rise of hate and extremist violence around the world is disturbing. Islamophobia and white supremacy are being spread by cowardly people for political gains and that cannot be tolerated.

“We often feel powerless in moments like these, but we must stand up.

“Together, we have to fight for a better world. Only with love can we stop hate. Only with compassion can we understand that we are all the same.

“Our lives are made better every day by the inclusive, multicultural province we are so lucky to live in. We cannot let those who seek to spread hatred take that from us.

“To our friends in the Muslim community, we stand with you. Today, and every day, we stand against violence and hatred in all its forms and fight for a more peaceful world.”

Sage Aaron
Communications Director
Office of the Premier
778 678-0832

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