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Winnipeg voters reflect on Ottawa attacks as they head to polls

An attack on Parliament Hill that left one Canadian soldier dead has Winnipeggers reflecting on its effects as they head to the polls, on a day that some are calling one where Canada's democracy was threatened.
A Ottawa police officer holds up a length of police tape for pedestrians leaving the downtown area following shooting incidents in Ottawa on Wednesday. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

An attack on Parliament Hill that left one Canadian soldier dead has Winnipeggers reflecting on its effects as they head to the polls, on a day that some are calling one where Canada's democracy was threatened.

"How ironic, on election day, that the people that we want to represent us aren't safe," said Winnipegger Caterina Sotiriadis.

Sotiriadis says she believes in democracy and thinks that it's even more important for Winnipeggers to exercise their right to vote after attacks took place in Ottawa on Wednesday morning.

Security measures have increased in a number of places in Winnipeg as a result of those attacks.

A public goodbye for soldiers leaving for Iraq that was scheduled to take place at 17 Wing on Wednesday was cancelled and security was heightened at the base in light of the attack on Parliament Hill.

Security is also on high alert at the public safety building and the provincial legislature.

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