WATCH: Federal Reaction to Toronto Van Attack

WATCH: Federal Reaction to Toronto Van Attack

First responders close down Yonge Street in Toronto on Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

UPDATED April 24, 2018 4:56pmET


MPs held a moment of silence this afternoon following remarks by several members and Speaker Geoff Regan:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this morning that Canadians cannot “choose to live in fear every single day as we go about our daily business” in the aftermath of yesterday’s van attack in Toronto that killed 10 pedestrians:

Watch Trudeau’s full statement on Parliament Hill, plus questions from reporters:

Here’s what Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters yesterday in Toronto, where he was meeting G7 foreign and security ministers, on any potential national security connection:

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer released this statement yesterday:

On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, Jill and I want to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the victims of today’s attack in Toronto.

I can only imagine the horror, fear and pain that this has caused to all those who were victims of the attack or those who witnessed it.

To those recovering in hospital, you are in our thoughts and we are praying for a fast and full recovery.

The safety and security of Canadians must be the number one priority of any government and the individual responsible for this horrific attack must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I’d like to take this opportunity thank our first responders who bravely reacted to this ongoing situation.

We have all seen by now the incredible footage of a police officer staring down the attacker alone on a city street.

The men and women of our police services represent the best of what it means to be Canadian, and today we thank them.

I am confident that all Canadians stand in support of the people of Toronto as they come together to support families impacted by this tragedy. The stories of bravery, selflessness, and kindness that have emerged have been an inspiration to an entire nation.

And from NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh:

The attack at Yonge and Finch today in Toronto is simply horrific.
 
It’s a part of the city I know well, that’s dynamic, full of people and pedestrians throughout the day. I’m struck and sickened by the brutality of this violence.
 
My heart breaks for the families of those murdered, who I can only imagine must be completely overwhelmed by this sudden and senseless loss. The thoughts and prayers of millions of Canadians are with you tonight. My thoughts are also with the wounded and I’m sending them strength as they begin a difficult recovery.
 
While we try to make sense of the senseless, I am deeply grateful for the heroic work of first responders and those aiding the injured. The bravery and determination they demonstrated today is the embodiment of the values Canadians hold dear. And we respect the important work that officials have begun to determine exactly what lead to this terrible act.
 
We will not let this attack sow hate or division amongst ourselves. 
 
Toronto, like Canada, is strong, diverse, loving and courageous, and this event will not change that. We will come together, we will mourn, we will seek justice, and we will remain strong.

-Andrew Thomson