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September 01, 2005

Anne McLellan

Canada's Deputy Prime Minister, Anne McLellan issued the following statement.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones as a result of Hurricane Katrina, as well as our sympathies to those who have suffered great losses and personal hardship ... During this difficult time, we are offering our support to our friends and neighbours."

Update: The Canadian armed forces have been placed on stand-by to offer any possible assistance. Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier: "If conditions were reversed, they would be the first to step up to help us if we needed it."

Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier said Thursday the Canadian Forces have been put on standby to help the United States deal with the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

Gen. Hillier said he notified his American counterparts that Canada was prepared to offer whatever assistance was needed. He also noted that the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which was deployed in the Asian tsunami earlier this year, was put on a one-hour notice in Kingston, Ont.

"They have but to ask and we in the Canadian Forces would have it rolling or sailing or flying southward as quickly as possible," he told reporters Thursday.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 1, 2005 12:41 PM

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