Ottawa, May 7, 2017– Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement about flooding in Eastern Ontario:
“I received a request this afternoon from Ontario’s Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister, Marie-France Lalonde, regarding the ongoing flooding situation. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I have accepted her formal request for federal assistance to provide additional flood mitigation resources to the affected communities. This Ontario request does not involve the deployment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel.
The Government Operations Centre has staff working to coordinate the federal response to the situation in both Ontario and Quebec, and elsewhere in the country. Officials are working closely with federal and provincial partners to coordinate and plan the full details of this assistance.
Canadians can be assured that all levels of government are working seamlessly together to deliver the required help.
I strongly encourage impacted residents to follow the directions and advice of their municipal law enforcement and first responders. On behalf of all Canadians, I thank all of the first responders working tirelessly to support Canadians in need.”
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