Trudeau de­fends Canada’ re­sponse to Burk­ina Faso at­tack

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has again de­fended his govern­ment’s re­sponse fol­low­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tack that killed six Que­be­cers in Burk­ina Faso last week.

Trudeau and his govern­ment were taken to task this week by Yves Richard, the hus­band of one of the vic­tims.

Richard told a Mon­treal ra­dio sta­tion Thurs­day he was frus­trated in the hours af­ter last week’s tragedy with what he called Global Affairs Canada’s lack of tact and em­pa­thy.

He also said it “felt good’’ when he hung up on Trudeau af­ter the prime min­is­ter called him on Mon­day.

Richard, whose wife Maude Car­rier was killed in the at­tack, ac­cused him of speak­ing in a ‘’canned’’ man­ner and of men­tion­ing them as a source of Cana­dian pride be­cause they were do­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian work in the African coun­try.

On Fri­day, Trudeau’s view of the govern­ment’s re­sponse dif­fered from Richard’s.

“On the con­trary, we were able to ad­vise them within a few hours and we did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to help them,’’ he told re­porters at the World Eco­nomic Sum­mit in Davos, Switzer­land.

“Ob­vi­ously, the sit­u­a­tion was ex­tremely com­plex and dif­fi­cult in Oua­gadougou. Consul of­fi­cials and Global Affairs Canada worked pro­fes­sion­ally.’’

The prime min­is­ter was also asked for his re­ac­tion to Richard hang­ing up on him.

‘’I can only imag­ine the grief that this fam­ily is go­ing through and I am happy I was able to ex­press my con­do­lences,’’ he replied.

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