Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says rescuing Canadians stranded by Irma is a “top priority,” amid criticism of how Ottawa has been handling the situation.
She said some commercial rescue flights were scheduled to bring Canadians back from Turks and Caicos and St. Maarten later today.
Freeland has urged any Canadians who are stranded in the storm-affected region and have not yet contacted Ottawa to call 1-613-996-8885 or email email@example.com.Those who have no access to a phone or email should come straight to the airports in Turks and Caicos and St. Maarten
Transport Minister Marc Garneau said that a West Jet flight is headed to the Caribbean island and hopes to bring another 150 Canadians to Toronto. He also added that Air Canada also plans to bring back 90 passengers from Turks and Caicos on Monday.
Ottawa evacuated 390 Canadians from St. Maarten over the weekend.