Innocents abroad: Why do so many Canadians still ignore travel warnings?

When Sherbrooke, Que., resident Edith Blais set out on her last known journey in Burkina Faso, she and her Italian companion Luca Tacchetto would have been travelling through one of the few parts of the country that was not covered by a high-alert Canadian travel advisory.

Leaving the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in the country’s west, the two faced a 361-kilometre drive to the nation’s capital Ouagadougou on the paved two-lane N1 toll road — the country’s best.

The start and end points for the journey and all the land along the way fall under Canada’s general travel advisory for Burkina Faso, which recommends Canadians “avoid all unnecessary travel” — the second-highest level for such advisories.

But the N1 route skirts an area that lies within 80 km of Burkina Faso’s long border with Mali — all of which is under Canada’s most restrictive level of travel advisory: “avoid all travel.”

The liberal government and the education system share a lot of blame for promoting cultural relativism via the toxins of diversity and multiculturalism. The Burkina Faso woman fits a pattern of SJW’s meeting reality head on. It’s never pretty.

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