QuickQuotes: Public figures react to deadly stabbing rampage in Quebec City

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Quebec City is reeling after police arrested a suspect in a stabbing incident late Saturday that left two people dead and five others injured.

News of the violent attack prompted several politicians, sports teams and other public figures to offer messages of condolence and share reactions of shock and grief:

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“My heart breaks for the loved ones of the two people killed in last night’s horrific attack in Quebec City. I’m also wishing a full recovery to the injured. We’re keeping you in our thoughts and will be there for you. To all the first responders, thank you for your critical work.”

— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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“Quebec is waking up after a night of horror. Words fail me to describe such a tragedy. I offer my condolences to the relatives of the victims.”

— Quebec Premier Francois Legault

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“Our #CapitaleNationale and all of #Quebec is in mourning this morning. We are wholeheartedly with the relatives of the victims.”

— Quebec Minister of Public Security Genevieve Guilbault

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“Our hearts are with the victims and their families of the tragedy last night in Quebec City. Words cannot express our sorrow in the face of such violence.”

— Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette

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“Terrible news from Quebec City last night. My heartfelt condolences to those who lost a loved one in this heinous attack and I hope those injured recover swiftly. Canada stands united with you.”

— Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland

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"The big Montreal Impact family is in shock. We offer our condolences to those affected by the terrible events that took place last night in Quebec City."

— Montreal Impact

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“Our thoughts are with the people of Quebec this morning following the shocking attack in Quebec City. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims and the injured.”

— Ontario Premier Doug Ford

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“Terrible news from #Quebec city this morning. There are no words to express my sadness. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims.”

— Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne

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"The Remparts organization is deeply saddened by the events that took place last night in Quebec and wishes to express its sincerest thoughts to the families concerned."

— Quebec Ramparts

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"Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of the senseless tragedy that took place last night. We are wholeheartedly with Quebec City."

— Montreal Canadiens

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“Rebecca and I were saddened to hear about the events that took place last night in Quebec City. Our thoughts are with the victims, those injured and their loved ones. We’re thankful for the work of first responders.”

— Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole

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"This morning, Quebec woke up shaken to face such acts of violence in Old Quebec. My condolences to the families of the victims and to those close to them. My thoughts to the injured."

— Quebec Liberal party leader Dominique Anglade

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"We are shocked and saddened by the events in Quebec. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of this tragedy."

— Montreal Alouettes

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 1, 2020

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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