OTTAWA [PeterPaul.ca] — The total number of Canadians killed following a devasting earthquake in Haiti has risen to 19 including a former MP, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon confirmed Sunday.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those affected. My deepest condolences are with the family of [former MP Serge] Marcil,” said Cannon.
The remains of former Canadian and Quebec MP Serge Marcil were found Saturday beneath the rubble of the Hotel Montana, which was completely destroyed following the quake.
There are 213 Canadians still unaccounted for in the ravaged country, the minister said. Another 1,948 citizens have been safely located. “As of today, the DFAIT operations centre has dealt with 31,900 calls, 2,327 individuals have thus far been evacuated, and 60 are currently awaiting evacuation,” said Cannon.
During a press conference, Cannon said that he would host the Ministerial Preparatory Conference on Haiti on Monday. The conference will take place in Montreal.
“In less than two weeks following the devastating earthquake that ravaged Haiti, Canada has gathered countries and organizations with a deep and long-standing connection to the people of Haiti.”