QUEBEC — Funeral services will be held today for the six Quebecers killed in a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso last month.
A joint funeral will be held in Quebec City for five of the six victims: Yves Carrier, his wife Gladys Chamberland, their adult son Charles-Elie Carrier and Yves’ adult daughter, Maude Carrier, as well as their friend Louis Chabot.
The family of the sixth victim, Suzanne Bernier, will hold a private ceremony this morning.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several federal and provincial politicians will attend the services for the victims, who were in Burkina Faso on a humanitarian mission when al-Qaida carried out the attack.
Trudeau has been publicly criticized by the husband and the mother of one of the victims for his government’s response to the event.
Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard met the victims’ families privately on Friday to express his sympathies.
“I feel so sorry because these people were going out to do good, to make our world better,” he said.
The family of the sixth victim, Suzanne Bernier, held a separate service for her.