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Press release
16 January 2016

The Government of Quebec strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Burkina Faso

Individuals currently in Burkina Faso who require emergency consular assistance as a result of the terrorist attack may contact the Operations Centre of Global Affairs Canada at 1-800-387-3124 (or 1-613-996-8885; please call collect) or by E-mail at

Quebec City, January 16, 2016. – The Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard, and the Minister of International Relations and la Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, which killed many people, including six Quebecers.

Crimes that are so blatant and so brutal are inexplicable.  On behalf of the people of Quebec, I offer my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, and I offer my best wishes for a quick recovery to the persons who were wounded in the attack.  Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.  These reprehensible acts remind us that we must never compromise our values of freedom, democracy and tolerance.  For the Burkina Faso victims, and for all others cut down in this terrible way, we have the duty to continue to defend our principles.

– Philippe Couillard

We will never accept this barbaric violence, perpetrated with the goal of terrifying the local population and visitors to the region.  Along with the federal government and la Francophonie, we stand in solidarity with the Burkinabe and their leaders.

– Philippe Couillard