Minister Baird Expresses Condolences to the Polish People

March 4, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued this statement to the people of Poland following Saturday’s deadly train crash in the country’s south:

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer sincere condolences to the Polish people and especially to those who lost loved ones.

“We also send our best wishes for a quick recovery to those who have been injured.

“May the national days of mourning ahead provide some comfort and solace in the face of this tragedy.”

Canadian citizens in Poland who may require emergency consular assistance should contact the Embassy of Canada to Poland in Warsaw at +48 22 584 3100. Alternatively, they may contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling 00 800 111 4319 (from Poland toll-free) or +1 613 996 8885, or by sending an email to

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