March 17, 2019 12:56 pm
Updated: March 17, 2019 1:01 pm

Canada shares New Zealand’s feelings of grief and loss, Trudeau tells PM

WATCH: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern lays wreath at mosque, embraces mourners of Christchurch

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Justin Trudeau spoke with his counterpart in New Zealand on Saturday, offering his condolences for the 50 people killed and dozens injured following Friday’s shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

The Prime Minister’s Office says Trudeau told Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that Canada shares New Zealand’s feelings of grief and loss, recalling the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting.

READ MORE: Bodies of victims remain in police custody following New Zealand mosque attack

One man has been arrested and charged with murder in what appears to have been a carefully planned racist attack in New Zealand.

There are unconfirmed reports that the shooter was influenced by Alexandre Bissonnette, the shooter convicted of six counts of first-degree murder in the Quebec attack.

READ MORE: New Zealand shooter covered weapons with names of Canada’s Alexandre Bissonnette, other killers

A now-deleted Twitter account believed to be linked to the accused Christchurch shooter appeared to show three assault-rifle magazines, one of which has Bissonnette’s name on it.

Trudeau’s office says he offered Canada’s support and the leaders agreed to stay in touch and “work together on their shared priority of ensuring safe, secure and open societies.”

Trudeau is set to visit an Ottawa-area mosque today in the wake of the attacks in New Zealand.

 

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