Justin Trudeau in the Atlantic to see the damage after the storm Fiona

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Justin Trudeau in the Atlantic to see the damage after Storm Fiona

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is at Stanley Bridge in Prince Edward Island to view the damage from Storm Fiona and meet with members of the community.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in the Atlantic on Tuesday, where he will measure the severity of the damage caused by Storm Fiona and meet with representatives of the affected communities.

Early in the afternoon, he visited the town of Stanley Bridge, on the north coast of Prince Edward Island, where the damage is extensive.

Extensive damage to Stanley Bridge wharf, Prince Edward Island, after Fiona passed through.

We saw the impact of this storm, not just here, but across Prince Edward Island. We know that it is striking, when we see boats and quays moved. But also in terms of agriculture, whether it's potatoes or corn, there are major challenges and we will be there to support, said Justin Trudeau during a press scrum.

“We have work to do in the days to come to clean up, but also in the weeks, months and maybe years to come, to rebuild. And we will be there.

— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Prime Minister announced that the Red Cross has already raised $5 million through donations from Canadians. Obviously the federal government will match these amounts, so more than 10 million dollars already, but I know that people will continue to be generous because it will take a lot of work.

Justin Trudeau visits the community of Stanley Bridge on the Island of Prince Edward following Storm Fiona.

Justin Trudeau will also travel to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, including stops in Sydney, Canadian Coast Guard college, where many of the disaster victims are housed.

Trudeau cabinet ministers provided an update Tuesday morning on the impact of Storm Fiona and Ottawa's support for provinces struggling with major damage.

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic Leblanc first assured people and communities affected by the storm that the federal government will be with them for the weeks, if not months, it will take to complete the cleanup and rebuilding. damaged infrastructure.

This photo provided by Pauline Billard shows the destruction caused by Hurricane Fiona in Rose Blanche, 45 kilometers east of Port aux Basques, on Saturday.

We will be there to work with the provinces, repeated Mr. Leblanc several times.

Asked to clarify whether the federal government intended to deploy relief measures for businesses particularly affected by the passage of the post-tropical storm, such as the fishing industry, Mr. LeBlanc replied that Ottawa was open.

However, he added that Ottawa, the provinces and local authorities were currently focusing their efforts on emergency cleaning and that discussions on how to compensate for economic losses would come after the acute phase.

Defence Minister Anita Anand said at least 150 troops are currently serving in Nova Scotia as well as Prince Island. Edward.

Troops from Base Gagetown arrived in Charlottetown.

There are also over 100 military personnel deployed in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Department of Defense has also deployed the offshore patrol vessel HMCSMargaret Brooke as a backup to support authorities and coastal populations hit hard by Fiona. The ship is expected on the coast of Newfoundland in the morning, according to Minister Anand.

With regard to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Minister Anand specified that the Canadian forces are ready to intervene in support of the population of the archipelago if the Government of Quebec so requests.

She reiterated that more resources could be sent as the situation evolves.

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu assured be in close contact with the 13 Indigenous communities that were affected by the storm and local and provincial emergency services to assist them.

Special efforts are being made, a she said, to bring fuel to the most isolated communities to enable them to keep electric generators in service and to ensure the operation of emergency equipment and centers that receive people who have lost their homes or cannot return there.

With information from Stéphane Bordeleau and La Presse canadienne

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