SHERBROOKE — The ministers asked by chrystia Freeland and Marie-Claude Bibeau will meet with the family of Edith Blais, Friday, to try to reassure her, after the death of a Canadian in Burkina Faso.
The Quebec of 34 years, travel in this country in West Africa with her boyfriend Italian Luca Tacchetto, has not been news since December 15.
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“We understand that they live a very, very difficult situation, said on Thursday the minister of international Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau. We want to reassure them to the effect that the government of Canada is doing everything that can be done to find Edith and Luca as quickly as possible.”
On Wednesday, the government of Burkina Faso was said to consider that Ms. Blais and her traveling companion had been removed, but the canadian government refuses to reveal any detail whatsoever.
“I think you have already explained that situations such as this, it is very delicate, she reiterated. The media coverage of events that could be a kidnapping, it may even further compromise their safety. So really we are going to stay pretty low-key on the approaches that are made by colleagues of world Affairs Canada”.
The mother and sister of Edith Blais live in Sherbrooke, the city where the project takes place from Wednesday the retirement of the cabinet of Justin Trudeau.
In a press briefing Thursday afternoon, the minister of foreign Affairs, asked by chrystia Freeland, has offered his condolences to the family of Kirk Woodman.
“I spoke with her family today, she said. It really is a very, very sad.
“But I assured the family and I want to assure Canadians that the government of Canada will continue to work with the government on the ground in Burkina Faso to be sure that those who are responsible for this terrible situation to face justice.”
The man from Halifax has been found dead, body riddled with bullets, later Wednesday. He worked for the mining company vancouver Progress Mineral and stood on a mine site Tiabongou, about 20 kilometers from Mansila, in the province of Yagha when he was kidnapped by extremists.
“This is two cases that are quite different, said Mrs. Bibeau when a reporter asked if Ms. Blais could have suffered the same fate. We take all these situations seriously with the team of world Affairs Canada”.
“We can and we have already assured the family of Edith Blais that the Canadian government is very committed (sic) in this difficult situation, and as regards the more specific details, it is not correct to speak of details at this time,” said in turn Ms. Freeland.
“Our only goal is to find Edith and Edith may return to Canada”, she added.
Édith Blais and his friend were last seen in Bobo-Dioulasso, the second largest city of Burkina Faso, in the south-west, and had planned to take a trip in the capital, Ouagadougou, before crossing the border with Togo, to the south. Ms. Blais had planned to work with an organization that was attempting to reforest regions of Togo.