August 6, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on the explosions in Beirut:
“On August 4, 2020, the world was shaken by news of the explosions at the Port of Beirut.
“On behalf of my family and the entire Conservative caucus, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragic incident that has sadly claimed at least 135 lives and left over 5,000 injured. We understand that Lebanese officials continue to investigate the cause of these horrific explosions and look forward to the outcome of those efforts.
“Many Canadians of Lebanese descent have family and friends in Beirut and throughout Lebanon. We stand with the Canadian Lebanese community during this difficult time, as they gather across Canada to remember the victims and organize aid deliveries and offer any support they can.
“We extend our sympathies and condolences to the family and colleagues of Montreal businessman Nazar Najarian, who was killed in the incident. We are also praying for the speedy recovery of all those who were injured, including a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
“With much of the city devastated and many in dire need of medical help, we stand with the people of Lebanon as they continue to clear the debris and search for people affected by the explosions.
“Throughout their history, the Lebanese people have endured great hardships. Yet through their incredible strength and resilience they have overcome. Working together, this time will be no different.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and offer any assistance we can to those recovering from this tragedy.”
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