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Hero's welcome

Sergeant-at-Arms who shot Canadian gunman gets standing ovation

Kevin Vickers was given a hero’s welcome in the Canadian Parliament today.

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CANADA’S PARLIAMENT reopened today and gave a hero’s welcome to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who a day earlier had put aside his ceremonial duties to draw a gun and take down an assailant.

Applause rang out for the guardian of the cradle of Canada’s democracy — who bears the assembly’s ceremonial mace — followed by a prayer, the national anthem, a moment of silence.

“The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country and to interrupt the business of government,” Harper said in the Commons.

“Well, members, as I said yesterday, Canadians will not be intimidated.

We will be vigilant but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic and as for the business of government, well, here we are, in our seats, in our chamber in the very heart of our democracy and our work.

Harper then crossed the floor of the Commons to shake Vickers’ hand, and hug opposition leaders.

On Wednesday, a man shot and killed a Canadian soldier who was mounting a ceremonial guard at a war memorial in downtown Ottawa before storming into the nearby parliament building.

Shots rang out as he rampaged through the halls of the building, and Vickers has been credited with taking him down.

Speaking in Brussels today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he had stopped by the Canadian embassy to express Ireland’s solidarity with Canadian people following yesterday’s events. He said his message would be passed on to Prime Minister Harper.

- © AFP, 2014

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