Fewer boots on the ground a week after NS Premier asked for more troops

A week after Nova Scotia’s premier asked Ottawa for more troops to help clean up the twisted chaos caused by post-tropical storm Fiona, troops on the ground on Friday began the week. was less than

Defense Minister Anita Anand’s spokesperson, Daniel Minden, said in an email that the number of members of the Canadian military in Nova Scotia stood at about 550 last weekend, but that number had fallen to 400 by Thursday. confirmed.

On Sept. 29, Prime Minister Tim Houston said the state needed 1,000 military personnel to help move trees, clear debris and perform other chores.

“It is my personal belief that in a state with 10,000 or so military personnel stationed here, nearly all of them would give up everything to help their fellow Nova Scotians if asked.” he said at the time.

Minden confirmed that the federal government has received a recent letter from the Nova Scotia state government requesting more troops.

“We will continue to deploy adequate numbers of personnel to perform the duties required of the Canadian Forces and will be there as long as necessary to restore critical services,” Minden said in an email.

The email did not mention any additional deployments.

The Houston office released a statement on Friday saying the prime minister was disappointed with Ottawa’s response.

“Thousands of Nova Scotians are still without power 14 days into the Thanksgiving weekend,” the statement said. “The damage is devastating and the cleanup is massive. More people supporting these efforts can make a big difference for the people of Nova Scotia.”

The email goes on to say that the military has “no shortage of missions.”

“Anyone who has spent time in the affected areas can attest to our needs,” the statement said. “If the request for more personnel had been implemented, we could have made more progress.

By Friday afternoon, about 2,300 Nova Scotia Power customers were still without electricity, about 90% of them living in northeastern Nova Scotia, where Fiona was particularly hard. Early on September 24, at the height of her storm, her more than 500,000 homes and businesses across the Canadian Atlantic, including 415,000 in Nova Scotia, were in darkness. This is about 80% of Nova Scotia Power’s customers.

In Prince Edward Island, 82,000 Maritime Electric customers lost power two weeks ago. That’s about 90% of our utility customers.

On Friday, the number of PEI homes and businesses without electricity appeared to increase.

Maritime Electric reported about 9,000 of its 86,000 customers were still waiting to be reconnected to the grid for most of the week, but that number jumped to 11,000 on Friday morning. I was.

The utility’s website did not provide an explanation, and Kim Griffin, a spokeswoman for the company, could not be reached for comment.

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