Tuesday, August 31, 2004


Canada Offers Sympathy and Assistance

Ottawa - Aug. 30 - The federal government has sent condolences to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and is offering help, including medical supplies.

Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan says she has told Michael Chertoff, the American secretary of homeland security, that Canada is ready to provide assistance if needed. She said Canadian health authorities have offered to send emergency medical supplies from the country's emergency stockpile.

There was no word on whether the Americans need or want any Canadian help.

The federal comments came an hour after Tory Leader Stephen Harper issued his own statement of sympathy and support.

The Foreign Affairs Department is warning Canadians to avoid travel to the storm-ravaged regions of the American Gulf Coast.

Canada Offers Sympathy and Assistance


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