Statement by New Democrat leader Jack Layton on the earthquake in Japan and the Tsunami in the Pacific

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan, and to Canadians who are still trying to reach their loved ones in that country.

As the Tsunami makes its way across the Pacific, our thoughts are also on the safety of those living along coastal areas, including Canada’s Pacific Coast.

It will be days before we understand the full effects of this disaster, but we know Canadians stand ready and willing to help in the days ahead.

We will strongly support efforts by the government to provide aid and relief to those affected and do what we can, in their time of great need.

For those with family in Japan, Foreign Affairs has released two phone numbers you can call to get more information, 613-943-1055 or toll free at 1-800-387-3124.

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