Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the explosion and shooting in Norway

Ottawa, Ontario
22 July 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the large explosion in Oslo and subsequent shooting in Utøya, Norway:

“I was shocked and intensely saddened to learn of the attacks in Oslo and Utøya today.

“We deeply regret the loss of life and injuries resulting from the explosion which occurred today in the government quarters, where the Prime Minister’s Office and other government offices are located.

"We were also horrified to learn that a gunman has opened fire at a youth camp at Utøya.

“Canada condemns these barbarous and senseless acts of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, witnesses and all those affected by these attacks.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I wish to express Canada’s sincere condolences to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and to the Norwegian people.

“Canada stands with Norway on this tragic day.”