Susan Bibeau is the mother of Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. On October 22, Zehaf-Bibeau went to Parliament Hill in Ottawa and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. He was pursued by cops inside Center Block of the Canadian government buildings where he was shot and killed by the government’s Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. She Met Her Son for the First Time in 5 Years a Week Before the Shooting
In a statement released by Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf, Michael Bibeau-Zehaf’s father, the parents said they had met their son for lunch one week before the shooting. Susan Bibeau said because of this, she had “very little insight to offer.”
2. Susan Bibeau Divorced Her Son’s Father in 1999
CBC reports that Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf divorced in 1999. They raised their son in the area of Laval, close to Montreal. Susan Bibeau now lives in the Ottawa-area.
3. She Released a Statement Condemning Her Son’s Actions
In a statement that was emailed to the Associated Press, Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf wrote:
Hi, I am writing this note on behalf of my husband and myself. No words can express the sadness we are feeling at this time. We are so sad that a man lost his life. He has lost everything and he leaves behind a family that must feel nothing but pain and sorrow. We send our deepest condolences to them although words seem pretty useless. We are both crying for them. We also wish to apologize for all the pain, fright and chaos he created. We have no explanation to offer. I am mad at our son, I don’t understand and part of me wants to hate him at this time. You write that our son was vulnerable, we don’t know, we (he) was lost and did not fit in. I his mother spoke with him last week over lunch, I had not seen him for over five years before that. So I have very little insight to offer. We don’t wish to be part of any media circus, we don’t think it will add anything to the conversation. Please respect our privacy although many may not feel we deserve any … Once again we are so sorry.
Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf
4. She’s the Deputy Chairperson of Canada’s Immigration Board
According to her profile on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada website, Susan Bibeau is the Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration division. In her role, she helps to write immigration policy. She’s held various roles within the the IRB including as the head of different departments. In 2010, she was named as part of a scandal in her department relating to hiring practices.
Her office is located less than a mile from Parliament Hill where her son killed a Canadian soldier on October 22.
5. She Has a Law Degree
Susan Bibeau graduated from the University of Montreal with a degree in law. Evidently she decided not to pursue law and got a business masters from Concordia University followed by a graduate certificate in business from the University of Quebec.