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New Brunswick—Commemoration of Tragedy in Moncton

New Brunswick—Commemoration of Tragedy in Moncton

New Brunswick—Commemoration of Tragedy in Moncton

New Brunswick—Commemoration of Tragedy in Moncton

Published on 8 June 2016 Hansard and Statements by Senator Joseph Day

Hon. Joseph A. Day:

Honourable senators, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the tragic events that unfolded in Moncton, New Brunswick, on June 4, 2014, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. We must not forget the sacrifice of the men and women in uniform and in law enforcement who, day after day, put their lives on the line to protect Canadians.

A public ceremony and unveiling of a bronze monument that features statues of the three members of the RCMP who were killed in the line of duty during the Moncton shooting in 2014 took place last Saturday in the small park near the Petitcodiac River in Moncton, New Brunswick. Like many Canadians did during this ceremony last weekend, I also paid homage to our fallen heroes.

While RCMP members were the specific target of the shooter, an entire community’s sense of security was shaken by his actions. During the Moncton shooting, Constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded and Constables Doug Larche, Dave Ross and Fabrice Gevaudan were murdered. Their deaths shook the community and the entire country.

Being a peace officer is indeed a dangerous job, honourable senators. According to RCMP statistics, 236 RCMP members have been killed in the line of duty since 1873. Every day, brave men and women of the force respond to dangerous situations with incredible courage, inspired by their life commitment to protecting their fellow citizens.

These officers sacrificed their lives in the call of duty, and on the anniversary of their deaths, we join with family members and friends, citizens of the community of Moncton and indeed all Canadians in pledging that we will never forget their acts of sacrifice that will forever mark our history.

Long may this poignant memorial stand as a reminder of those great sacrifices that our police officers make on a daily basis to keep us safe. We will remember them.

Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!