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