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Federal leaders send thoughts as Manitoba struggles under state of emergency

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PC Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer was asked twice about campaigning in Manitoba during a state of emergency Monday – Oct 14, 2019

Correction: An early version neglected to include Elizabeth May’s reaction Sunday. The story has been updated.

A state of emergency in the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba has prompted federal leaders to send their best wishes while they’re on the campaign trail.

As 22,000 customers were without power throughout the province and rural and First Nations residents fled to Winnipeg Sunday, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh commented on the situation, as did Green party leader Elizabeth May.

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After a tweet by a Global News reporter Monday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer sent out this response:

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Scheer was campaigning in Winnipeg Monday and re-iterated his message.

“My heart goes out to all those impacted by the storms here in Winnipeg. I want to thank all the emergency responders who are working so hard to clean up after the storm and get people back into their homes.”

Scheer said he made a personal donation to the Red Cross’ relief efforts and encouraged others to do so as well.

When asked by a Global News National reporter if it was appropriate to be campaigning during a state of emergency, Scheer twice sidestepped the question.

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When contacted by Global News on Monday, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign sent out this statement: “Our thoughts are with those affected by the snow storm in Winnipeg and communities across southern Manitoba, as well as the first responders working to keep everyone safe.”

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He later sent out a tweet:

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he encouraged everyone to follow emergency workers’ directions.

“The Government of Canada has been in close contact with provincial officials and First Nations leaders, and is providing support.  Indigenous Services Canada activated the Canadian Red Cross to support the evacuations of 14 communities.

Indigenous Service Canada is working closely with affected First Nations, the Canadian Red Cross, the Interlake Tribal Reserves Council and the province to address the needs of evacuees and support their return home once power has been restored.”

Global News has also reached out to the People’s Party of Canada for comment.

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Premier Brian Pallister and Mayor Brian Bowman both said they have been in touch with federal counterparts for disaster assistance.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford sent out the following statement Sunday:

“Ontario stands ready to provide any assistance that the people of Manitoba may need during this challenging time. Our government has reached out to Premier Pallister to offer our full support in whatever capacity is needed.

“Ontario’s Provincial Emergency Operations Centre is actively monitoring the situation and is in close contact with our counterparts in Manitoba.

Manitoba has a friend in Ontario. My message to Manitobans is: We are ready to help. As fellow Canadians, it’s our duty to help others when they need it most. Our thoughts are with the people of Manitoba during this difficult time.”

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