OTTAWA: A grieving mother led fierce criticism Tuesday of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for pulling back militarily against Islamic extremists after seven Canadians were killed last week in overseas attacks.
Camille Carrier, whose daughter Maude was one of six Canadian victims of an attack in Burkina Faso on Friday, said she was “ashamed” by Ottawa’s stance, while a Tory opposition MP called the new Liberal government’s policy on fighting the Islamic State group “incoherent.”
Trudeau and his Liberals swept to power in October legislative elections in which he campaigned on the withdrawal of six fighter jets currently participating in air strikes in Iraq and Syria.
He has yet to say when the aircraft will return home.
Opposition MP James Bezan branded the government’s policy on fighting the IS group “incoherent, and the decision to withdraw Canada’s CF-18s is seen by our allies as stepping back, rather than standing shoulder-to-shoulder with them.”
Carrier, whose daughter died when Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) attacked the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, was quoted by the Globe and Mail newspaper as saying that Canada should be boosting its military response and standing with allies such as France and the United States, not retreating.
“I was ashamed before this happened, but obviously the loss of my daughter has only made me more revolted about this situation,” said Carrier. “I’m so ashamed of my country.”
Trudeau “offers shallow words about inclusion and tolerance. We need to do more. We need our leader to pay attention to legitimate security concerns in addition to our image as a welcoming country,” she said, alluding to Canada’s welcoming with fanfare of 10,000 Syrian refugees since November.
A Canadian was also killed in Jakarta last Thursday in an attack by a group allied to Islamic State extremists.