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Denis Lortie, the suspect of a shooting spree at the Quebec National Assembly in Quebec City, arrives to appear at the Quebec Sessions Court, Wednesday May 9, 1984. The shootings in Ottawa on Wednesday brought back painful memories for Francois Gendron, who was a member of the Quebec legislature in 1984 when killer Denis Lortie stormed into the national assembly, fatally shooting three people and wounding 13 others. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

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Denis Lortie, the suspect of a shooting spree at the Quebec National Assembly in Quebec City, arrives to appear at the Quebec Sessions Court, Wednesday May 9, 1984. The shootings in Ottawa on Wednesday brought back painful memories for Francois Gendron, who was a member of the Quebec legislature in 1984 when killer Denis Lortie stormed into the national assembly, fatally shooting three people and wounding 13 others. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

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OTTAWA - National addresses by Canadian prime ministers are rare, and usually only deal with major events. Here's a list of recent instances where the prime minister felt it necessary to address the nation:

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