The Government of Trinidad and Tobago says it stands in solidarity with its counterparts in Ottawa, Canada, following news today that a gunman opened fire at Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, and at a Mall.
A Canadian soldier and the gunman were subsequently pronounced dead, having succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said the incident is reminiscent of the attack on Trinidad and Tobago’s democracy when insurrectionists stormed the Parliament in the Red House in an attempt to overthrow the Government.
The Prime Minister says she was also a bit concerned since the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy is based in Ottawa, however she said so far, there has been no confirmation as to whether the attack was an act of terrorism against the government and the people of Canada. The Prime Minister said if however this was in fact an attack against the government of Canada, the incident underscores the need for concerted global action against all forms of terrorism, and reinforces the importance of Trinidad and Tobago’s recent sponsorship of the United Nations Security Council Resolution on terrorism.
Mrs. Persad Bissessar says she intends to contact Canadian Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, to convey the concerns of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and to express government’s solidarity with the Government of Canada during this distressing time.