Canada Offers Condolences After Tragedy in Arizona

(No. 11 - January 8, 2011 - 11:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the shooting that took place this afternoon in Arizona:

"On behalf of the government and all Canadians, I offer my condolences to the family and friends of federal judge John Roll and the other innocent victims of this senseless act of violence. In particular, I offer sympathy to the family of the young girl among the victims, whose entire life was ahead of her.

"I would also like to wish a quick recovery to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and to all others who were injured.

"Canada stands with the people of the United States, our valued friend and neighbour, in this time of grief.

"Regardless of where they occur, attacks against democratically elected officials affect and undermine the safety of us all."

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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