NEW Federal Government Working to Improve Hurricane Response: Freeland

NEW Federal Government Working to Improve Hurricane Response: Freeland

NEW Federal Government Working to Improve Hurricane Response: Freeland

"Everyone's trying to get out of the one place that we're getting into", he said.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick says the company was planning on using a chartered plane to evacuate almost 100 Canadians who had been staying at Air Canada Vacations and Club Med properties on the islands.

The government expected most Canadians needing assistance in the Caribbean to have been evacuated by commercial flights by the end of the day, including 90 from Turks and Caicos and 150 from St. Maarten. "There were so many people that were in so much worse condition than we were".

Global Affairs Canada says it will hold a technical briefing to update the public on what it's doing to help those affected by hurricane Irma Monday afternoon.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday that 53 non-Canadians were also on the flights out of St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos on Monday.

The government has been criticized for a slow response and for not sending in the military, as other countries did.

Local authorities had safety concerns as the airport was badly damaged by Irma, but the plane was scheduled to leave late Monday after Canadian officials negotiated its departure, said Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

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In addition to expressing relief to being back in Canada, numerous passengers who landed in Toronto Monday night offered sympathies to those who live on the islands affected by the storm.

Freeland said a C-17 Globemaster aircraft will be delivering relief supplies, and will be available to bring home any additional Canadians still in the region later in the week.

An estimated 70 per cent of the homes were damaged or destroyed by Irma and four people died, according to the Dutch government.

Sunwing said its rescue flight left from Toronto on Sunday morning, and will drop off one tonne of humanitarian aid supplies, along with the Global Medic volunteers.

It was an emotional homecoming for hundreds of Canadians arriving at Toronto's Pearson Airport Monday night, after weathering the brunt of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.

The federal government said another 390 passengers were brought back to Canada over the weekend. "But quite often there is a logical explanation".

He said the centre has processed 2,140 calls and emails, and noted there have been no known Canadian fatalities.

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