The news of the London Bridge attack was tragic enough. For the third time in just as many months, radical Islamists unleashed terror on innocent people in England.
It was doubly tragic to learn one of the victims of Saturday’s attack was 30-year-old Canadian Christine Archibald.
From Castlegar, British Columbia, Archibald had worked in a homeless shelter before moving to Europe to be with her fiancé – the man she was walking with when she was struck by the van, the man who held her in his arms after she was hit.
Archibald’s family offered Canadians a powerful message about how they wanted people to honour her memory: “Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter,” their statement read. “Tell them Chrissy sent you.”
We mourn with the Archibald family for the loss of a Canadian who clearly lived a life full of caring and heart.
The story is a tragic reminder that the new wave of terrorism striking Europe is not some far away incident on the other side of the world.
It’s happening in countries that Canadians live in and visit and where their relatives reside. It could happen to us.
We need to stand alongside England, our ally and home to our monarch, as they work to tackle this defining issue of our time.
Coalition forces have beat back the Islamic State in Iraq and have made incredible progress in retaking Mosul. This has unfortunately not halted the number or severity of attacks in Europe.
Now the terrorist diaspora has moved to the north and the west. It has infiltrated the heart of Western society.
It has made terror a new normal in the country that gave us the Magna Carta, the Westminster form of government, Shakespeare, Winston Churchill and other great icons of our tradition.
We cannot tolerate it anymore. Enough is enough, as British Prime Minister Theresa May said so clearly in her speech over the weekend.
This plague affects Canada too. We have had our own plots – both successful and foiled. We have lost Canadians in the fight.
May pledges to do more to battle extremism at home. Canada must do the same.