Statement on Earthquake in Japan

I offer my sincere condolences to the people of Japan as they experience the loss and devastation resulting from the earthquake.

This is a time when all people, governments, and communities must come together to show our compassion and support to the people of Japan and Japanese Canadians. I urge our federal government to be swift and generous in its support.

I offer my sympathy and support to Japanese Canadians in our local community, and will support all efforts to help the people, families, and communities that have been so devastated.

Libby Davies
MP Vancouver East

STATEMENT BY NEW DEMOCRAT LEADER JACK LAYTON ON THE EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN AND THE TSUNAMI IN THE PACIFIC

I was shocked and saddened this morning to hear of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan overnight.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan, and to Canadians who are still trying to reach their loved ones in that country.

As the Tsunami makes its way across the Pacific, our thoughts are also on the safety of those living along coastal areas, including Canada’s Pacific Coast.

It will be days before we understand the full effects of this disaster, but we know Canadians stand ready and willing to help in the days ahead.
We will strongly support efforts by the government to provide aid and relief to those affected and do what we can, in their time of great need.

For those with family in Japan, Foreign Affairs has released two phone numbers you can call to get more information, 613-943-1055 or toll free at 1-800-387-3124.

This Update from Libby was posted on March 11, 2011