It is a sombre day of remembrance for people all over the world who were affected by September 11th, 2001. Close to 3000 people were killed in the barbaric terrorist attack on New York and Washington. Most were Americans but some were Canadians, British, European and others from more than 70 other countries. It was a horrible event and its right that it be remembered and the victims and brave people who sought to rescue them and prevent further deaths and destruction be honoured.Our solidarity with the United States in its hour of need was and is strong. They remain our closest neighbour and valued ally.Even if from time to time we differ on policies and issues and sometimes values, our affection and respect for them remains.
The world has changed in many ways since that terrible day. Two wars followed from these events with many 1000s more killed and our collective sense of peaceful security has been radically altered. So it is appropriate today that we spend some time reflecting on the state of our world, remembering this terrible event and those who were lost and strengthen our resolve for defeating terrorism and fanaticism and its causes and for better and more peaceful days ahead.