War in Ukraine: Quebec donates $300,000 to help victims

Quebec will grant $300,000 to two humanitarian organizations, Médecins du Monde Canada and the Red Cross, to support the Ukrainian population affected by the war.

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Quebec Minister of International Relations Nadine Girault made the announcement on Tuesday in a press release, a few days after Prime Minister François Legault indicated that he was “ready to offer material humanitarian aid as far as possible. “.

The two organizations selected, which will equally share the sum of $300,000, were chosen “because of their presence on the ground, their neutrality and their ability to contribute to the immediate efforts aimed at providing first aid. necessity to the affected communities,” said the Minister.

“This war contravenes the principles of the inviolability of borders and the self-determination of countries. This is a violation strongly condemned by our government and it is our duty to support the people of Ukraine. We hope a ceasefire will come soon,” she added.

Other sums?

Present in Ukraine since 2015, Doctors of the World Canada employs hundreds of professionals in the field to provide health care and psychological support to vulnerable people and to refugees, hundreds of thousands of whom have already reached neighboring countries.

For its part, the Canadian Red Cross (Quebec Division) responds to the humanitarian needs generated by the conflict and contributes to the preparation and necessary interventions in Ukraine. The funding announced Tuesday by Quebec must also allow it to welcome refugees, specifies Minister Nadine Girault.

The latter specifies that the government is not closing the door on increasing these amounts if necessary.

The Minister responsible for Immigration, Jean Boulet, must also meet with his federal counterpart, Sean Fraser, to establish a game plan for welcoming refugees from Ukraine.

Last Thursday, a few hours after the invasion of the country by Russia, Prime Minister François Legault indicated that the province was ready to do its part to welcome them.

The aid announced on Tuesday is in addition to other measures already put in place by Quebec to support the Ukrainian people, including the withdrawal of Russian products from the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and the raising of the Ukrainian flag on a tower of the National Assembly.

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