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Quebec Premier Couillard Reminds Media/Politicians to Keep Their Cool Re: Mosque Shooting

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard stressed the importance of respectful political dialogue in the wake of the shooting at a Quebec City mosque that claimed the lives of six people. 

"When I say that words matter, it means that words can hurt, words can be knives slashing at people's conscience," he said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters, Couillard said it's easy to demonstrate solidarity following a tragedy. 

"The challenge is to do it one month, three months or a year from now, when an election campaign happens," he said, adding that the media also has a role to play.

Couillard urged politicians and the public to "think twice" about the "words we write, the words we utter."


  • I think that's a pretty impressive thing for a politician to say.  Unusual, as well.  I personally know nothing about Couillard or how he behaves while at work, so hopefully he has and will continue to follow his own advice.
  • It sounds like he actually thought about what he was saying.

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

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