Terror victim's husband hangs up on Trudeau's sympathy call
Published Friday, January 22, 2016 8:12AM EST
The husband of a woman killed in a terror attack in Burkina Faso says it felt good to hang up on a call from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Yves Richard told a radio host on Thursday that he didn't appreciate Trudeau's "canned" expression of sympathy, following the death of Richard's wife, Maude Carrier.
Carrier was one of six Quebecers killed in an attack by al Qaeda last Friday, at the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso.
Richard said Trudeau called him to offer his sympathies, but spoke in an overly-political tone, wishing him luck and describing the victims as a source of Canadian pride.
"I told him to stop his political blabbing," Richard told Montreal radio station 98.5 FM. "If he's going to call me, then at least he should know who the Carriers are. It wasn't out of Canadian pride that they were doing what they were doing but rather because they were basically good people."
Richard said he wrapped up the conversation by telling Trudeau to go hug his own wife and children.
"Then I hung up on him and it felt good," he said.
The group of Quebecers – four of them from the Carrier family – had been in Burkina Faso on a humanitarian mission.