Canada offers more aid for Australia as bushfires burn

Canada is offering more assistance to help Australia battle raging bushfires. (State Control Centre Media/News Corp Australia/ Jason Edwards/Reuters/AAP Image)

By / Mia Rabson · The Canadian Press

Nearly 100 Canadian fire experts have been sent to Australia to help in the fight against one of the worst wildfire seasons the country has ever seen, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told his Australian counterpart Wednesday that Canada is ready to do more.

In a phone conversation with Scott Morrison, Trudeau “expressed his condolences and sorrow on behalf of all Canadians for the deaths and destruction caused by the wildfires,” a statement from Trudeau’s office said afterward, and for “the major loss of wildlife and natural devastation.

“He recalled Australia’s past generous assistance to Canadian firefighters when wildfires spread through Canadian communities,” the statement said.