Mr. Speaker, we all remember this day three years ago when a man walked into the great mosque in Quebec City and took the lives of six people, injured 19 others, and forever changed the lives of numerous families simply because they were Muslim. Today we commemorate the lives of the victims of this terrorist attack, including Azzedine Soufiane, who is seen as a hero by his community for having saved many lives by running at the shooter and trying to stop him.
What hurts the most about this attack is that it hit so close to home, that it happened in my home province of Quebec, that it happened to Canadians. An attack on one Canadian is an attack on all Canadians.
Each of these victims chose Canada for the opportunities available in this country to live a better, peaceful life. We must work together to build a better world where everyone feels safe, regardless of their race, religion or origin. Islamophobia and hate crimes of any kind have no place in Canada.