AUGUST 11, 2016

OTTAWA — Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition and interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, made the following statement regarding the police operation that killed a Canadian terrorism suspect with reported links to ISIS yesterday:

“Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism. We have seen a terror attack right on Parliament Hill as well as an attack targeting a Canadian soldier. The reported terror plot that was thwarted yesterday demonstrates that Canadians must not only remain vigilant about the threat of terrorism at home and abroad, but also be a strong contributor to military efforts to fight it worldwide.

“I salute and thank the law enforcement and intelligence officers who put their own lives on the line to stop this potential attack on innocent Canadians. Unfortunately, the Liberal government campaigned on a promise to strip these officers of some of the essential investigative and enforcement tools to do this work, which the previous Conservative government provided through Bill C-51, and which have already been wisely used to disrupt terrorist activities nearly two dozen times since last Fall. I call on the Liberal government to ensure all of Canada’s security and intelligence services keep the tools they need to do their jobs.”