Canada Offers Condolences to Families and Friends of Explosion Victims in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

(No. 363 - November 14, 2010 - 10:00 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the explosion at a resort in Mexico:

“On behalf of the government and all Canadians, I offer my condolences to the family members and friends of those who lost their lives and wish a quick recovery to those who were injured,” said Minister Cannon. “I also extend my sympathies to everyone affected by this terrible explosion.”

“Canadian officials in Ottawa and in Mexico continue to monitor the impact of the explosion and remain in close contact with Mexican authorities. We are aware that a number of Canadians are staying at the Grand Riviera Princess and of reports of Canadian deaths and injuries. However, due to privacy considerations, we can offer no further information at this time. Consular officers are on the ground providing assistance as required. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.‪”

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be at the Grand Riviera Princess should contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)’s Emergency Operations Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124. They can also email sos@international.gc.ca.

Canadian citizens at the Grand Riviera Princess requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian Consulate in Playa del Carmen at 52 (984) 803-2411, or call DFAIT’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885. They can also email sos@international.gc.ca.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Jacques Labrie
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874