The murder of a Canadian citizen abroad and the uncertainty of another still being held hostage by Islamist militants in the Philippines is putting to test the resolve of Canada’s new prime minister and his cabinet.
Prime Minister Justine Trudeau on Tuesday, expressed outrage over the beheading of a Canadian citizen held hostage by terrorists in the Philippines. But at the same time, Trudeau reiterated the government’s policy of not paying ransom to terrorists.
“Our hearts go out to the Ridsdel family and also to Mr. Holland and his family, obviously they are very concerned for his safety,” Trudeau said during a press conference after a meeting with his cabinet ministers at a luxury resort in Kananaskis, Alta. “But I want to be crystal clear about this, Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists — directly or indirectly…”