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Fiona: Fed to send military aid

After Tropical Storm Fiona engulfed Atlantic Canada after making landfall early Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government would deploy the Canadian Armed Forces to aid recovery following a request from Nova Scotia.

The federal government will match any donations by individuals and corporations to the Canadian Red Cross next month, he said at a news conference on Saturday.

Hurricane-force winds crushed Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, les-de-la-Madeleine and southwestern Newfoundland. According to the Canadian Hurricane Center, strong winds gusted up to 161 km/h over Beaver Island, NS.

Officials estimated that half a million homes and businesses in the Maritimes had no electricity on Saturday morning, prompting municipalities to declare a local emergency.

Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair says the federal government is localizing federal resources to help provinces after the storm and that hurricane preparedness began several days ago in “close cooperation” with the provinces.

“It is to ensure that we recover at the earliest and for this we are working very closely and receiving requests for assistance from our provincial counterparts,” he told CTV news channel on Saturday.

Blair said a disaster financial assistance arrangement is still in place, to reimburse all provinces for the costs they may incur to recover from the storm, although an exact dollar figure was not provided.

Blair said the federal government is also prepared to arrange for strategic airlift assets for evacuation, with the armed forces ready to help with debris removal and hydro repair and services.

“We are in discussions with Nova Scotia about federal resources from the Coast Guard, the Canadian Armed Forces, Parks Canada and Transport Canada coming directly to assist that province,” Blair said.

She added that Indigenous Services Canada is also working with First Nation communities to ensure support.

National Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Saturday that all three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces are preparing equipment and personnel for dispatch to hard-hit cities and three ships of the Royal Canadian Navy are ready to respond at St.

“As the situation develops, we stand ready to respond in Nova Scotia and other provinces that may need our help,” she said.

“We will continue to cooperate closely with the provinces and other partners and I promise all Canadians that we will always do everything we can to help you.


With files from the Canadian Press and CTV News ‘Adam Frisch’.

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