Statement Article from  National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Statement from the Chief of the Defence Staff

March 15, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, issued today the following statement:

“As we remain steadfast in our commitment to defending Canadians and Canadian interests, we remain undeterred by yesterday’s attack at the Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Centre in Toronto.

“I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to our members who bravely detained the attacker, effectively neutralizing the threat from further harming CFRC Toronto staff and applicants.  Their courage in the face of adversity is to be commended. It is a demonstration of the training they receive and their devotion to Canada.  We request their privacy be respected at this time.

“While investigative authorities continue their work in this very important matter, the Canadian Armed Forces will continue to adapt Force Protection measures to ensure the ongoing safety of our personnel across Canada.  Their safety and well-being is, as always, our primary concern. 

“As usual, we will not discuss the specifics of these measures.  However, under current circumstances, our men and women will continue to proudly wear their uniforms in public.

“We would like to re-iterate our utmost appreciation to enforcement agencies for their swift action in ensuring prompt resolution to the matter and thank them for helping to ensure our members can continue to feel safe on Canadian soil.”

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