The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today issued the following statement:
“A year ago, on March 15, the world was left in shock when a terrorist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people and injuring 50 others. New Zealand faced this terrible ordeal with courage and strength. Canada joined New Zealand in grief and solidarity.
“On May 15, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who brought government and industry leaders together in Paris to adopt the Christchurch Call to Action-a global pledge to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.
“We must continue to take coordinated action to prevent social media and other online platforms from being used as tools to incite, publish and promote terrorism, violence and hatred, including white supremacy and islamophobia.
“Today, Canada stands together with the people of New Zealand and the international community in remembering the lives lost in this senseless attack. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of the victims.”
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs