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Quebec City Mosque attack suspect Alexandre Bissonnette (Facebook)

Quebec City mosque attack suspect Alexandre Bissonnette charged with 6 counts of 1st-degree murder – Montreal – CBC News.  According to Alexandre Bissonnette’s Facebook page, he followed several profiles with right-wing ideologies, including Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader of France’s National Front(Facebook)

A 27-year-old Laval University student, Alexandre Bissonnette, has been charged with 6 counts of murder and 5 counts of attempted murder while using a restricted firearm (CBC). The attack is considered an act of terrorism. Alexandre Bissonnette was a fan of Mr Trump.


Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard

‘This horror was based on intolerance’: Quebec premier, Muslims denounce deadly mosque attack

There were vigils on the evening of 30 January 2017 and both the Ottawa and Quebec Parliament’s flag were flying at half-mast. The current outpouring of sympathy towards the Muslim community will not take the victims back to their family and Muslims are afraid, but I hope it will be of some comfort. Quebec Premier Couillard has made it very clear that Canadians had been killed and wounded. I have yet to hear how Canada plans to protect its Muslim citizens, but I presume police surveillance will be increased. The shootings are particularly egregious since they occurred while Muslims were worshiping. This tragedy has hurt Canadians profoundly, from coast to coast, and especially Quebec Canadians where interculturalism has been adopted.

It’s a Canadian tragedy reflecting the shift to the Right affecting various countries.


Quebec City mosque shooting victims include businessman, professor and fathers of young children – Montreal – CBC News


The Victims:

  • Azzeddine Soufiane, 57, was the owner of a halal grocery store;
  • Khaled Belkacemi, 60, was a professor of Engineering at Laval University;
  • Aboubaker Thabti, 44, worked in a pharmacy;
    Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, and Ibrahima Barry, 39, brothers
  • Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, worked in information technology;
  • Ibrahima Barry, 39, worked for Quebec’s Revenue Ministry;
  • Abdelkrim Hassane, 41, was a programming analyst for the Quebec government.


All victims had children and all victims were Canadians, whatever their origin. A fund is being raised to cover funeral costs. We are awaiting details regarding the wounded.

President Trump’s Visit to Canada

United States President Donald J. Trump is scheduled to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week. Yesterday, 30 January 2017, President Trump “cracked down on immigration and travel.”

Despite the might of American President Trump, I believe that protection of Canada’s identity, values and environment will be foremost in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mind. Canadian Prime Ministers must respect and love their American counterparts, they need not please them. Our border both joins and separates us. (See Canada-United States Border, Wikipedia.)

Allow me to quote Trudeau père (see Pierre E. Trudeau, Wikipedia):

A man who tries to please all men by weakening his position or compromising his beliefs, in the end has neither position nor beliefs.

I feel very sorry for the family of victims and offer sincere condolences.

Love to everyone ♥


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard

© Micheline Walker
30 January 2017