Quebec Prime Minister François Legault says he did not voluntarily fail to mention Jannaï Dopwell-Bailey’s death in a controversial social media post he made over the weekend.
Dopwell-Bailey, a 16-year-old boy, was stabbed to death in the Côte-des-Neiges
Legault’s comments came after a meeting with Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante to discuss the issue of public safety in the metropolis.
Upon your position, Legault mourned the shooting death of Thomas Trudel, a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed near a school in a residential neighborhood located in the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension district of Montreal.
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“I am sad and angry this morning. I tried to read the newspapers but was distracted. Each time, the death of young Thomas Trudel came to haunt me. A life cut short at 16 for no reason is so unfair. It is so difficult to accept! “wrote the prime minister.
Legault also mentioned the death of Meriem Boundaoui, a 15-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting in the St-Leonard district last February.
But he was criticized for not including Dopwell-Bailey in his letter.
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Liberal MNA Marwah Rizqy and many other Quebecers pointed to the omission.
On your tweet Rizqy said, “Mr. Premier Legault, what infuriates me is the willful omission of the death of young Jannaï Dopwell-Bailey in your letter.
“Know that ‘every child counts, regardless of the color of their skin, the language they speak, or the neighborhood they live in.’
Legault responded to the criticism by adding a paragraph to his original letter.
“The text refers to deaths related to firearms. That’s why I mentioned the deaths of Meriem and Thomas, ”Legault wrote, in part. “To think that I could give more importance to one life than to another is simply wrong.”
Following the correction, Rizqy returned to Twitter to thank the prime minister for modifying his post. “It is an honor,” he wrote.
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During Dopwell-Bailey’s funeral last week, the family also deplored what they called “double standards” from politicians, visiting the place of death of Trudel but not of Dopwell-Bailey.
On Monday, Legault sent a message to the Dopwell-Bailey family.
“I want to tell the family that there is no double standard. Those three things that happened are totally unacceptable, I don’t like that, ”he said.
“What happened to your family is terrible, we should never see that. I have two boys. I can’t imagine how you feel about losing one of your children who goes before us, it’s terrible. “
Legault said Public Security Minister Geneviéve Guilbeault will make announcements about the archive in the coming days.
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