Justin Trudeau says he followed advice of security, intelligence officials before taking Boyle meeting
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he followed the advice of his security and intelligence officials in agreeing to meet with former hostage Joshua Boyle and his family in the prime minister's Parliament Hill office.
"We make sure that we follow all the advice that our security professionals and intelligence agencies give us and that's exactly what we did in this case," Trudeau told Halifax radio station 95.7 in an interview Tuesday ahead of a town hall in Sackville, N.S., Tuesday evening.
Boyle, his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children were freed in October, five years after the couple was abducted while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan; all three children were born while they were held in captivity.
Less than two weeks after Boyle and his family met with Trudeau, Boyle was arrested and charged with more than a dozen criminal offences, including sexual assault, assault, administering a noxious substance, unlawful confinement and uttering threats. Some of the details of the charges are covered by a publication ban.
"We've been very, very active on consular cases. We've had a number of successes in bringing people who were stuck in difficult situations overseas home, bringing them to safety. The engagement that my office has directly with those cases led me to meet with a number of people who've been released," Trudeau told the radio station.
CBCnews.ca is carrying Trudeau's Nova Scotia town hall live at 6 p.m. ET. It is the first of six scheduled public question-and-answer sessions he is holding across the country in January.
The prime minister travels to Hamilton for a town hall Wednesday before holding another Thursday in London, Ont., where the federal cabinet is holding its winter retreat. Trudeau will then take a break before holding another town hall in Quebec City on Jan. 18.
Later in the month, Trudeau heads to Winnipeg and Edmonton.
The Prime Minister's Office said the questions being asked at the town halls have not been vetted by Trudeau's staff. It added that, unlike last year's tour, this time there will be simultaneous translation of questions and answers.