September 11th, 2019

NDP Statement on the anniversary of 9/11 and National Day of Service

Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s NDP, issued the following statement:

In the hours and days following the September 11 attacks, people all over Canada stepped up in response to that horrible event, volunteering their time and services, with kindness and compassion. As communities, businesses, social services, first responders, and volunteer agencies joined hands to help our American friends, we showed our true Canadian character and our spirit of unity and generosity.

On this National Day of Service, and the 18th anniversary of that tragic day, New Democrats join all Canadians in honouring all those who were killed by this terrorist act – including the 26 Canadians who lost their lives – and pay tribute to those who were injured and whose lives were forever changed. On this day, we also pay tribute to the outpouring of Canadian support and the selfless service of all those who continue to stand up in the face of terrorism.

Spontaneous acts of courage and generosity remind us of the best humanity has to offer and inspire us to show the same kind of compassion to those in need around us – by engaging in local charitable activities, volunteering in our communities, and helping our friends and neighbours.

On a day intended to turn an infamous date into a day of hope, let’s commit ourselves to continue building a world where everyone can feel safe and valued, and ensure that such terrible events never happen again.