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Minister Nicholson Offers Condolences Following Ferry Capsize in Philippines

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Minister Nicholson Offers Condolences Following Ferry Capsize in Philippines

Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, yesterday issued the following statement on the capsizing of a ferry near the port of Ormoc City in the Philippines:

“We are deeply saddened by the news of the sinking of a ferry carrying 189 people near a central Philippine port. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest sympathies to those who have lost friends and family members as a result of this tragic event.

“I also extend my wishes for a swift recovery to those who sustained injuries in this terrible tragedy.”

Canadians in need of emergency consular assistance should call the Embassy of Canada in Manila, Philippines, at +63 2 857 9000 or +63 2 857 9001, the Consulate of Canada in Cebu, Philippines, at +63 32 256 3320 or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa directly at +1 613 996 8885 (collect calls are accepted where available). An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

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