10/22/2014 11:07 EDT | Updated 12/22/2014 05:59 EST

Ottawa Parliament Hill shooting: Queen's Park heightens security

The Ontario legislature is in a heightened state of security after a shooting at the War Memorial outside Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said leaders of all three parties at Queen's Park considered suspending Wednesday afternoon's Question Period but opted not to.

"Our belief is that people who are using violence to undermine democracy want us to be silenced. And we refuse to be silenced," she told reporters.

"Having said that, we all have to be very careful, we have to be vigilant. And the authorities are very aware of the situation. Our Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services [Yasir Naqvi]  has been in contact with the authorities. I have asked him to give legislature an update. And then he will leave the House and he will continue to work with the authorities. But we will carry on with the business of this House and the business of our democratic society."

The Toronto police said this about their response to the situation: "Out of precaution for the ongoing situation in Ottawa, Toronto Police Service is exercising diligence in offering additional resources to the security at the Ontario Legislature."