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Trudeau visits Îles-de-la-Madeleine to offer support in Fiona's wake

Ottawa has dispatched about 600 soldiers to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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La Presse Canadienne

La Presse Canadienne

Émilie Bergeron

Highway crews clean debris caused by tropical storm Fiona on Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
Highway crews clean debris caused by tropical storm Fiona on Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Photo by Nigel Quinn /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Prime Justin Trudeau visited the Îles-de-la-Madeleine Thursday to offer the support of the federal government to residents who are rebuilding in the wake of tropical storm Fiona.

Trudeau met with interim mayor Gaétan Richard and with local fishermen as well as the elderly living in the region. The prime minister was expected to meet with reporters later Thursday after meting with local business owners.

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Accompanied by local MP and cabinet minister Diane Lebouthillier, Trudeau visited the Pointe-Basse pier, which suffered a pounding from the waves generated by the storm.

Normally fewer boats would be found at the site, but a defective crane caused many watercraft not to be dry docked before the storm hit.

Earlier this week Trudeau visited the Maritimes, also battered by the storm.

Ottawa has dispatched about 600 soldiers to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador to help remove debris, re-establish the power grid and repair damaged roads.

While no such request for assistance has come from Quebec for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Defence Minister Anita Anand said military personnel were ready should the province change its mind.

Last weekend, Fiona — packing winds of more than 120 km/h — tore through Atlantic Canada, flooding homes, damaging roads and scouring coastlines.

Earlier this week, Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault visited the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and promised the province would fund repair costs that are not covered by regular insurance.

Legault repeated a pledge to spend $100 million to combat the erosion of beaches across Quebec, although he did not mention a specific figure for the islands.

Fiona has been blamed for two deaths in Canada: a 73-year-old woman in Port aux Basques, N.L., and 81-year-old man in Lower Prospect, N.S.

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