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Rallying together, supporting our community

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Since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with devastating impact on Nov. 8, 2013, I am proud of how our community and residents of Kildonan–St.Paul stepped up with generosity and support for Winnipeg’s Filipino-Canadian community.

Despite the destruction left behind by the typhoon, the people of the Philippines have shown remarkable resilience. Winnipeggers and Canadians are rallying together, showing their compassion and empathy by holding benefit concerts and vigils.

On Nov. 23, 2013, I had the opportunity to attend a community event at the Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba with Prime Minister Harper and speak with members about the situation in the Philippines, and Canada’s ongoing actions to alleviate suffering in the aftermath of this tragic natural disaster.

The previous week, I visited the Philippine-Canadian Centre and personally made a donation in support of the rebuilding efforts.

In addition to committing over $20 million in humanitarian assistance and implementing compassionate immigration measures, our government has also deployed the DART in the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz on Panay Island, where over 300 Canadian Armed Forces members are clearing roads and providing health support and clean water to those in need.
Canada is responding to the disaster in close collaboration with the Filipino-Canadian community, the Government of the Philippines and Canada’s humanitarian partners, such as United Nations agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and other non-governmental organizations, to ensure that humanitarian assistance meets the needs of the people most affected by the typhoon. Our government is also expediting immigrant applications based on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

The best way for Canadians to help the victims of this disaster is to donate money to a recognized Canadian or international humanitarian or development organization that is providing funds for typhoon relief efforts.

For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered charities in response to Typhoon Haiyan, the Government of Canada will match from now until Dec. 9, 2013, to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. Organizations to donate to include (but are not limited to):

• International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
• CARE Canada
• Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada
• Oxfam Canada
• Plan Canada
• Save the Children Canada
• World Vision Canada

I extend my deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones as a result of Typhoon Haiyan. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this devastating natural disaster.

In this Christmas season of giving, let’s rally together and join together in supporting those less fortunate.

Merry Christmas!

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