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Longueuil, Quebec, January 13, 2005 - Canada's Space community is collaborating with space nations to provide satellite images critical to rescue and humanitarian efforts. Images taken before and after south Asia's devastating earthquake and tsunami on December 26 clearly show the consequences that have claimed over 150,000 lives and ravaged coastlines in several countries.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Canada, I wish to extend our most sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones in this horrific tragedy.
Last week, I visited the Banda Aceh region. I left with two indelible impressions.
First, the damage - to people's lives, to buildings, to communities - is of breathtaking proportions. In downtown Banda Aceh, fishing boats are smashed into buildings kilometres from the sea.
Ottawa, Ontario - Prime Minister Paul Martin today announced new federal government response measures to the tragic earthquakes and tsunamis which struck South and South-East Asia on December 26, 2004.
"This tragedy is beyond measure, beyond comprehension," said Prime Minister Martin. "All Canadians are heartbroken by the devastation. Sheila joins me in expressing our deepest sympathies on behalf of all Canadians to the families involved. This crisis has touched the global conscience; it has evoked a global response.
(2004-68) News Release
December 30, 2004, Ottawa - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Government of Canada will match on a one-to-one basis donations from Canadians to the tsunami relief efforts.
"Canadians have responded with great generosity," said Minister Carroll.