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Ontario Responds To Earthquake With Assistance

Premier McGuinty Pledges Help

Office of the Premier

QUEEN'S PARK -- On this Thanksgiving holiday, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is asking Ontarians to rally in response to pleas for help in the wake of a devastating earthquake that has afflicted south Asia.

"Ontarians hail from every corner of the world, so we are affected by such tragedy, even when it strikes far from our own borders," Premier McGuinty said.

"On Sunday evening, I spoke with the Consuls-General of India and Pakistan, and while the Consul-General of India tells me they are managing, the Consul-General of Pakistan reiterated his President's plea for help."

Premier McGuinty announced the following five-point response:

  • Pledging an immediate donation of $1 million on behalf of the people of Ontario to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for relief in the area

  • Tasking Ontario Citizenship & Immigration Minister Mike Colle to assemble an earthquake response team that will include Commissioner of Emergency Management Julian Fantino and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sheela Basrur to determine what additional technical support and assistance Ontario might offer

  • Working with the federal government and the business community to make available any further equipment, supplies or expertise necessary to help the global relief effort

  • Renewing a call for Ontarians to donate to reputable relief organizations

  • Asking all Ontario Public Service employees to give generously to the relief effort.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones, the emergency workers who have been working hard to save their fellow citizens and with the many families and communities that must now begin rebuilding," said Premier McGuinty. "We must pull together and do all we can to help those affected by this tragedy."