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Stephen Harper delivers address on terrorist attacks: 'Canada will never be intimidated'

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed his nation Wednesday night, in response to the shooting on Parliament Hill that was reportedly carried out by a radical Islamist convert.

The shooting in Ottawa followed a separate attack Monday evening in the province of Québec, by another radicalized Islamist convert who used a car to run over two soldiers, one of whom died, before the attacker himself was killed.

This week's events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world. We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel, and on our institutions of governance, are by their very nature attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all.

But let there be no misunderstanding: We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated. In fact, this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts and those of our national security agencies, to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home — just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores. They will have no safe haven. [Harper]

Watch the video below. --Eric Kleefeld