Ottawa: Canada’s federal leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid their respect today on the eighth anniversary of the attack at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill.

PM Trudeau said in a statement that eight years ago today, Canadians were shocked by a tragic terrorist attack at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa that took one life and injured several others.

“On this solemn anniversary, I join Canadians across the country in paying tribute to Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a sentry guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and to Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed two days earlier in a separate attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Our thoughts are with their families, friends, and former colleagues, as well as all those affected by these attacks.

Defence Minister Anita Anand said, “Eight years ago this week, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo had their lives taken by two cruel attacks here in Canada. We remember them for their service to Canada, and our thoughts remain with their families and loved ones.”

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre also condole the gruesome attack and said, “Today marks 8 years since the terror attacks on our soldiers in Quebec & on Parliament Hill. We mourn the loss of W.O. Patrice Vincent & Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. And we renew our pledge to fight and stand up to terror here at home and around the world.”

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said,” Today marks the 8th anniversary of the attack at the National War Memorial & Parliament Hill. My thoughts are with the loved ones of Corporal Nathan Cirillo & Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who tragically lost their lives. As well as all first responders who risked their safety. “

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