Ottawa Parliament Shooting: Malala Yousafzai Was To Receive Honorary Canadian Citizenship, Coincidence?

Patricia Didelot

As the shocking events surrounding the Ottawa Parliament shooting Wednesday morning continue to develop, one interesting piece of news has surfaced. Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who was almost killed by Taliban terrorists, was in Canada to be awarded honorary Canadian citizenship on the same day.

The 17-year-old human rights activist was to receive the honor in a ceremony which was to take place on Wednesday morning at a Toronto High School, which has now been cancelled, according to the Prime Minister's office.

— Global Montreal (@Global_Montreal) October 22, 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was scheduled to hold a Q&A session at a Toronto hotel, along with Malala Yousafzai, who was set to answer questions about her Nobel Peace Prize award and her efforts to bring education to girls war ravaged, under developed nations.

Many are pointing out the coincidence of the Ottawa Parliament shootings -- which appear to have come to an end -- and Yousafzai's presence in Canada. In the last few weeks, Harper announced that his country would join the U.S. and its allies in conducting air strikes against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.

— penny collenette (@penottawa) October 22, 2014

Even though at this point it is unknown what group is behind the Ottawa Parliament shooting, it appears as though it is a concerted, previously planned attack, due to the multiple locations targeted at the same time. Malala Yousafzai has been threatened by the Taliban, who has vowed to kill her.

Do you think the Ottawa Parliament shooting is related to Malala Yousafzai's presence in Canada?

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