The Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement on Shabbat following the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting:
“Following a harrowing week for the Jewish community worldwide, I was honoured to visit Shaarei Shomayim and meet with Rabbi Strauchler this afternoon.
Dark times call for unity, and in our sorrow, we resolve to stand united against anti-Semitism, prejudice and acts of terror. Today, and forever, Conservatives will always stand united, side by side, with the Jewish community, both in Canada and around the world. Our Jewish friends and neighbors will always have a home in our country.
We will always defend your right to worship in peace and security, congregate freely in your community, and live in freedom as citizens of a country that cherishes everything that you have to contribute.