Graeme Hamilton | January 21, 2016 |
THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-FacebookMaude Carrier is shown in an undated photo from her Facebook page. Maude Carrier was among the six Quebecers who were killed in the terrorist attack in Burkina Faso. The husband of Carrier says he hung up on Justin Trudeau when the prime minister called him earlier this week.
MONTREAL – The husband of one of the Canadian victims of last week’s terror attack in Burkina Faso said he hung up on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he called to offer his condolences.
Yves Richard’s wife Maude Carrier, 37, was one of six Quebecers and 30 victims in total killed when al-Qaida gunmen attacked a restaurant and hotel in the capital of Ouagadougou.
He told the Montreal radio station 98.5 FM that he took offense when Trudeau called him Monday afternoon to express his sympathy. He said Trudeau’s message sounded like a “cassette” and he did not appreciate Trudeau calling the victims a source of Canadian pride.
“I asked him to stop his political blather … I told him they didn’t do (their charitable works) to make Canadians proud but because they were fundamentally good people,” Richard said.
He said he ended the conversation by telling Trudeau to hug his wife and children. “I hung up on him, and it felt good,” he said.
Richard said he was unhappy that it was not until 48 hours after the attack that he was able to get any answers from the federal Department of Foreign Affairs. News broke of a terrorist incident in Burkina Faso on Friday, the eve of his wife’s scheduled return to Canada. After failed efforts to get information from Ottawa, he received the news he dreaded from a nun with the religious order hosting Carrier and other family members during their volunteer mission.
He said he reached the nun on her cell phone, and she was hysterical. “She was at the morgue, and she told me they were all gone,” he said.
On Monday, Ms. Carrier’s mother lashed out at Trudeau for his plan to withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the coalition mission against ISIL. “I want Justin Trudeau, instead of condemning (the attacks) solely with words and his little mouth, to do it with airplanes,” Camille Carrier told 98.5 FM.
Maude Carrier had travelled to Burkina Faso with her father Yves Carrier, her half-brother Charles-Élie Carrier and Yves Carrier’s wife Gladys Chamberland. Two friends of the Carriers — Louis Chabot and Suzanne Bernier — joined the trip and were also killed. The group was helping build a school with the Congrégation des soeurs de Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours.