Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Harper Government Responds

The Harper government is on the job responding to the terrible tragedy that happened yesterday in Haiti. (h/t, Jane Tabor, Globe and Mail)

The Canadian government is pledging $5-million immediately to help

International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda announced the measure this morning on a conference call with reporters. Ms. Oda also said the Canadian government, through the Red Cross, is working with the Norwegian government on a field hospital.

She said the immediate need is to “support the first responders” on the scene and to ensure the safety of all Canadians there. She said there was some damage at the Canadian embassy, but so far there are no reports of any Canadian deaths.

Within 30 minutes of the first reports of the earthquake in Haiti, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon and Defence Minister Peter MacKay and their officials were beginning to plan Canada’s response.

Update: You can help here. (h/t) Pastor John


  1. Did you notice at the news conference this morning how Julie Van Dueson(CBC) tried to turn this into a story about the proroguing by asking if they are going to recall parlaiment to handle this. How shameful you do not need all the politicians in Ottawa to deal with a disaster that can be handled by Lawrence and Peter.

  2. Here is a link to a Christian Mission our church supports, with updates and photos of our school in Haiti. All our expats including a board visitation team are safe: we don't know about staff and students.

    Pastor John

  3. Erick, I sure did notice. Sickening.


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