Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“I was extremely saddened to see the tragic loss of life following the devastating earthquake in central Italy, which now includes the death of a Canadian citizen. We share in the grief of the lives cut short by this terrible event.
“I spoke with my Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni, yesterday to convey my deepest condolences to the victims’ families and friends, and hope for a rapid recovery to those many injured. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I also extend my condolences now to the family and friends of the Canadian life lost in the quake.
“Canada continues to stand behind the people of Italy during this difficult period.”
Canadian citizens in Italy requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Embassy of Canada to Italy in Rome at +39 06 85444 2911, or call Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre collect at +1 613 996 8885. An email can also be sent to email@example.com.