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Left with unspeakable pain

Tuesday, June 10, 2014   by: Staff



Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada at the regimental funeral for fallen RCMP officers in Moncton

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today delivered the following remarks during the Regimental Funeral for Constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan, and Douglas Larche:

Your Excellencies Governor General and Sharon Johnston, colleagues from both Houses and both sides of the aisle of the Parliament of Canada, Your Honour Lieutenant Governor Nicholas, Premier Alward and distinguished guests from all levels of government from around New Brunswick and from across the country, Commissioner Paulson and officers from across the country and from across our continent, ladies and gentlemen.

This is an occasion of profound sadness and a time of searing grief.

I know that this grief is shared by all Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

But nowhere is it more profoundly felt than here in Moncton.

And to none more so than the families of the three fine officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, lost last week in the line of duty. 

To you, the families of Constable Dave Joseph Ross, Constable Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Constable Douglas James Larche.

They were your husbands, fathers, sons and brothers.

And they leave you – wives, children, parents, siblings – struggling with unspeakable pain.

Laureen and I offer you the only thing we can, our family’s deepest personal condolences.

Also, to Officers Darlene Goguen and Eric Dubois, wounded during these events, we wish you a speedy and full recovery.

All of you, families, are in our thoughts and prayers.

And thank you, all of you, families and friends, for sharing your memories, your stories and your love for our fallen heroes.

Together, we struggle for answers.

We ask, ‘What in God’s name happened here? And why?’

We may never know.

When we search for reason and meaning in actions so intrinsically vile and senseless, we search in unlikely places.

Of course, the justice system will do its work: the facts will be established and a verdict delivered.

But let me tell you this: with three men dead, cut down in their prime, doing their sworn duty to serve and protect their neighbours, we do not need a verdict to know that what happened here is an outrage.

Because my friends by its very nature, the murder of those sworn to uphold the law, those who donned their uniforms day in and day out to keep our streets safe, is an attack not only on them but upon all of us – on our families, on our communities, on our neighbours, upon our very society itself.

That is why I want to thank the people of Moncton for being here, for coming together on this difficult day for their city, for their country.

That’s why the thoughts and prayers of all Canadians are with us now, to show our support and our solidarity with the men and women who have taken an oath to serve and protect.

That is the understanding between us: their service, our support.

By your joining together here today, we reaffirm that commitment, we reclaim that trust, we honour that bond.

And I thank you for that, all of you, on behalf of all Canadians.

It is just one more such noble act by the people of Moncton, for with your city locked down, your schools and businesses unable to operate, you exhibited resilience and fortitude.

You kept watch; you reported what you saw.

You assisted the authorities in any way you could.

In a time of trauma, you were brave.

And now, in a time of grief, you have stepped forward to start the healing.

Above all my friends, you have not surrendered to fear and distrust.

That is Moncton, New Brunswick, a great city in a great province that I am proud to call my ancestral home, a proud part of our great country.

For I believe what happened here proves of our society, of our Canada, the opposite of everything it intended.

Faced with lawlessness, Canadians embrace civic duties.

Faced with hate and violence, we embrace each other.

So stand with those who stand on guard for you.

Keep faith with the thin blue line because it is upon the shoulders of our men and women in uniform that we place the confidence for peace in our neighbourhoods and the security of our families.

They serve us well.

God bless them all.

God bless you all.

God bless especially the families of our fallen.

May His light shine upon you and bring you comfort in the days to come.

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irishfey 6/10/2014 7:18:48 PM Report

Well said Mr. Harper!! Condolences to all those that have suffered a loss.....and God Bless..
Pakadeva 6/11/2014 12:12:23 AM Report

Very nice indeed. Mr. Harper, you did speak on all our behalf, because we all feel violated, far & near. I personally walked up to the first Police officer that I saw after the killings, shook his hand & thanked him, for risking his life daily in an effort to keep us all safe. Pay it forward, thank an officer & stop criticizing. A situation like this could easily have taken place in our city, or any city/town. Show some gratitude & respect. My condolences to all the families & friends & residents of New Brunswick, 2 of my 3 children live in Moncton & many prayers were said for their safety while under siege. A whole city taken prisoner while a murderer was still on the loose. Too bad he made it out alive, I personally would have felt it to be justice served if he hadn't come out alive...this is MY personal opinion. I feel disgusted that my tax dollars will feed him, clothe him, educate him, give him the best of conditions to live in, the best of meals, best of health & dental care, gym equipment, computers, etc., the list goes on. The way prisons are set up today is more or less rewarding criminals for crimes well done. Sick society! Someone killing Police Officers should be in a black hole, never seeing the light of day again in his lifetime. As a parent, it was a troublesome, worrisome time in wondering if my children would be safe, thank God they are, but, the whole city is traumatized. Thanks again to all those who serve, you have my deepest respect.
tosimple 6/11/2014 6:53:11 AM Report

Yes well said Mr. Harper. This is where the law should be changed. There is no doubt what this guy did. The pain he has caused to many people. Have a trial,approx 30 minutes. Yup no doubt he is guilty. Strap him to the bed, put the needles in. AHHHHH flat line.... Just my opinion.
irishfey 6/11/2014 8:13:53 AM Report

Pakadeva.. I'm so glad your children were not hurt in this tragedy... As Mr. Harper said.. " What the hell happened here and Why?".. This type of thing seems to be the norm these days and is happening all over the world, as to why?, is anyones guess... People killing others that they don't even know and for no possible explanation! We may never know the reason behind such things but when this guy goes to jail, rest assured he won't live long enough to boast of his deeds. There is an evil in the world today that is expanding at a rapid rate and is only going to get worse.. What we can do about it?? I have no idea but to pray....
Pakadeva 6/12/2014 12:45:50 AM Report

Thank you irishfey, very nice comment, & pray we must, no one can stop us from doing just that.
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