Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a reconciling message to Yves Richard, the bereaved husband of Maude Carrier who was murdered in a terror attack in Burkina Faso (January 16, 2016). Richard hung up on a call from Trudeau protesting what he felt was a “canned” expression of sympathy.
During an interview broadcast on February 1, 2016 to CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, Trudeau tried to correct the bad impression of his phone conversation with the bereaved husband saying that he has “nothing but the deepest compassion and sympathy for him through the difficult time he is going through.”
The following is the transcript of the Trudeau’s interview on this topic (22:58-24:12):
Peter Mansbridge: “We’ve all read that one of the Canadian parents of one of the Canadians who died in Burkina Faso at the hands of the terrorists hung up on you in the phone call because he felt you were acting just like a politician in what you were saying to him. What do say to him?
Justin Trudeau: “First of all I repeat what I did say that I can’t imagine what he is going through and that I gave him my full support as a representative of Canadians but also as father who loves his wife and kids very very much, and I was glad to be able to speak with him, and I understand his sense of deep loss and his trying to figure out what, how to act, what to do, where to go next.”
Peter Mansbridge: “But he felt like you were not helping him that you were talking like a politician.”
Justin Trudeau: “We ensured that consular services that the Canadian government is doing everything that it possibly could in what is unbelievably situation for him. So I certainly have nothing but the deepest compassion and sympathy for him through the difficult time he is going through.”
(This article originally appeared on CIJ News and is republished with permission)