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At a daycare centre where two children were killed this week, Quebec Premier François Legault, on Thursday, urged those distressed by the deaths to seek help.

Mr. Legault was backed up by the province’s opposition leaders and a pair of federal cabinet ministers as he spoke to the media at the Laval daycare.

A 51-year-old man charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly drove a city bus into the building, causing the deaths of the children. Six other children were injured.

The incident prompted a wave of concern. In Ottawa, political leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre offered their condolences. MPs held a moment of silence in the House of Commons.

At the site of crash, Mr. Legault said witnesses to the incident, including children, have seen things that will remain in their heads throughout their lives.

“If there’s a message I want to get to people today, it is that they should accept psychological support, that they should go and talk to people,” Mr. Legault said.

He thanked the three provincial opposition leaders for their presence, showing solidarity and indicating all Quebecers are supporting those affected. “Of course, it’s tough because we are talking about children,” he said. “One hundred per cent of Quebecers support the people here in Laval.”

Mr. Legault’s wife, Isabelle Brais, also present at the daycare centre, also spoke out. “We just want to share the pain of the parents because we are parents as well, and it’s the same thing for the opposition leaders, and representatives of the federal government as well,” she said.

Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez were with Mr. Legault during the visit.

There’s a full story here on the alleged bus attack and the fallout around it.

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