Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 05, 2011 13:50 ET

Government of Canada and the Canadian Forces Assist Those Affected by Flooding in the Province of Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - The Government of Canada has asked the Canadian Forces to position military personnel and equipment in the Montérégie area of Quebec in response to a formal request from the Province of Quebec for assistance.

"This Government stands ready to help Canadians facing crises, and we are moving quickly to assist the people of the Montérégie region," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "Our men and women in uniform, many of whom live and work in the area, will help the Montérégie region through this emergency."

Canada Command's Joint Task Force East, headquartered in Montreal, will be coordinating the Canadian Forces assistance effort, which may include protection of municipal infrastructure, private residences and essential access roads. The advance party of the Immediate Response Unit from Le 2e Bataillon Royal 22ième Régiment has already begun its move from Valcartier to St-Hyacinthe to position itself for assistance.

"The families of Quebec can count on our Government to answer the call during this challenging time," said Minister Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for Quebec. "The efficiency and professionalism of our Canadian Forces will help ensure that everything possible will be done to help those in need as a result of the flooding."

"Our men and women of the Canadian Forces are ready to join the Quebec provincial and municipal authorities to assist residents affected by the floods," said Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw, Commander of Canada Command. "Canadians can rest assured that, with little or no warning, the Canadian Forces are always ready to help Canadians in distress anywhere in Canada."

The Canadian Forces are working closely with their federal partners and Quebec to determine what assets support will best assist the affected population.

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