Trudeau will visit Atlantic Canada following Fiona
Trudeau did not say exactly when or where he would be going. He canceled a trip to Japan for the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe due to the effects of the storm in eastern Canada.
The Prime Minister also offered his condolences to the loved ones of two people who were killed during the storm, one in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, and another in Prince Edward Island. « Canadians are thinking of you in these difficult times, » he said.
— Soldiers in the field: Defense Minister Anita Anand said 100 members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been deployed to each of the three provinces hardest hit by the storm, to help clear debris from roads, restore power and repair infrastructure.
She also said HMCS Margaret Brooke left St. John’s, Newfoundland, this morning to conduct wellness checks in four remote communities along the province’s south coast.
— « Total devastation »: Newfoundland MP Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, watched the news conference remotely from Port aux Basques, a city on the southwestern tip of the province that was among the areas hardest hit by the storm. .
« The images do not depict the total devastation in this area, » she said. « It’s heartbreaking and heartbreaking. »
Hutchings said 76 homes in the community of about 4,000 people were destroyed or structurally damaged. “It will take a long time for this area to get back on its feet,” she said.
Trudeau reiterated that the federal government will match donations to the Canadian Red Cross over the next 30 days. “Canadians are standing up for each other and helping their communities through this difficult time. »