VICTORIA: Premier Christy Clark gave the following remarks in response to news of an attempted terror attack on the grounds of the provincial legislature:
"I want to offer my sincere thanks on behalf of British Columbians to the RCMP and the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team for their work in keeping us all safe. Their work is dangerous and they continuously put their lives at risk to protect us, and they do it quietly.
"They make us proud to be Canadians.
"The allegation is that on Canada Day, the very heart of the institution of democracy in our province, the very symbol of our values as British Columbians and Canadians was targeted.
"But our Parliament stands strong. We are back at work today, undeterred and unafraid. A day after thousands of people gathered on these grounds to celebrate our nation's greatest day.
"I am relieved to be informed there was never any risk to the public. We are also told the suspects have no ties to any groups inside or outside of Canada. These were two individuals who were working alone.
"Let me say this about those who would resort to terror.
They want us to be governed by fear.
They want us to look on each other with suspicion.
They want us to be seized with anger.
"They want this because they hate the things that make us Canadian. They hate the things that make B.C. and Canada unique in the world. But instead of letting fear grip us - we will go to work today, here in this legislature.
"We will enjoy our families and our communities, wherever we live."
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