All four Atlantic provinces contribute money to Haitian relief effort

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HALIFAX - The four Atlantic provinces committed Thursday to donate $1.25 million to the relief effort in Haiti.
Both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia donated $100,000 each to the Canadian Red Cross.
Prince Edward Island gave the agency $50,000.
Newfoundland, in a move that reflects the province's solid economic outlook, committed to donate the largest sum: $1 million for relief efforts in general.
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams said the devastating earthquake earlier this week has left the Caribbean country in desperate need of help.
Williams said the "horrific tragedy" hit one of the most vulnerable countries in the Americas.
"On behalf of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, I express our sincerest condolences and compassion to the people of Haiti," Williams said in a statement.
"I encourage individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador to contribute to the relief efforts to the best of their ability."
Williams said he called Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean to "express to her my deepest empathy for the people of her native country."
Premier Shawn Graham said the New Brunswick Liquor Corp. will also donate a minimum of $25,000 and donation boxes will be set up at all Service New Brunswick locations.
"New Brunswick and Haiti have a special connection because of our strong Haitian community and our shared bond through La Francophonie internationale," Graham told the provincial legislature.
"As a result of this close relationship, many New Brunswickers have travelled and worked in Haiti and many were in Haiti offering their help and expertise at the time of this disaster."
Louise Castonguay, director of the New Brunswick Red Cross, said the money will be used to provide water, food and emergency services.
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter called on businesses, unions and others to pledge support to relief organizations.
"The people of Haiti are in desperate need of the essentials, including food, water and medical supplies," Dexter said. "I am deeply saddened by the situation in Haiti."
Premier Robert Ghiz said the Island will also arrange for contributions to be collected at Liquor Control Commission outlets, starting Friday.
"The people of Haiti desperately need the world's assistance and I believe this contribution reflects the deep sympathy felt by Islanders in the wake of this disaster," he said.
"I know many Islanders want to make their own contributions to the worldwide effort to assist Haiti, and this will offer them the opportunity to do so."
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, causing widespread devastation.
The Red Cross federation now estimates up to 50,000 may be dead, and up to three million people will require some sort of help, ranging from shelter to food and clean water.
The Canadian government has announced it will send an immediate $5 million to the Haitian government.
Ottawa is sending two helicopters, two Halifax-based warships and an emergency response team to help with the rescue effort.

Organizations: Canadian Red Cross, New Brunswick Liquor, Service New Brunswick La Francophonie Liquor Control Commission Red Cross federation

Geographic location: Haiti, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick Nova Scotia HALIFAX Prince Edward Island Caribbean Americas Ottawa

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