Mr. Speaker, like all Canadians, New Democrats were shocked and saddened this morning to hear of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan overnight. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan and to Canadians who are still trying to reach their loved ones.
As the tsunami makes its way across the Pacific, our thoughts are also on the safety of those living along coastal areas, including Canada's Pacific coast.
It will be days before we understand the full effects of this disaster, but we know Canadians stand ready and willing to help in the days ahead.
New Democrats will strongly support efforts by the government to provide aid and relief to those affected and do what we can to help people in their great time of need.
On behalf of all New Democrats, we send heartfelt condolences to the people of Japan and all those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.