‘Vengeful rage’ is not the answer after ‘evil’ Paris attacks: Ontario premier on burned mosque in Peterborough

TORONTO — Ontario Premier says “vengeful rage” is not the answer to overcoming the “evil” of last week’s attacks on Paris.

All three provincial party leaders rose in the legislature today to share condolences with Paris, where 129 people were killed in Friday night’s co-ordinated terrorist attacks.

Wynne says “it is almost impossible not to react with anger and loathing at the cowardice of these attacks,” but while those emotions can be used to fuel the global response, they “should not be at the heart of the strategy.”

Kennedy Gordon / Peterborough Examiner / Postmedia NetworkKennedy Gordon / Examiner / Postmedia NetworkThe scene outside a mosque after a late-night fire.

The premier also says she was saddened to hear about a deliberately set fire Saturday at a mosque in Peterborough.

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown condemned the “vicious acts of terrorism” in France and made reference to the fire in Peterborough, saying it’s important to remember that Muslim Canadians also share in the world’s grief.

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says everyone in Ontario must reach out to the Muslim community because “there is no place in our province for acts of hate and prejudice against any community in any form.”

The legislature held a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks and flags will be flown at half-mast for three days.

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