Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is delaying a trip to Japan as Hurricane Fiona is expected to make landfall on the east coast early Saturday.
Trudeau was due to leave on Saturday for a three-day visit to attend the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was assassinated this summer – allegedly because of his controversial ties to a church some say is a cult.
But that trip will be delayed due to the need for a possible emergency response, according to the prime minister’s office. His departure is scheduled for Sunday.
“During this period, he will receive information on emergency response and support from the federal government, as well as contact with prime ministers,” a CPM spokesperson said.
In a Friday afternoon briefing, Bob Robichaud, a warning preparedness meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Center, warned people not to focus on the hurricane’s path because its effects will be felt in a part of eastern Canada.
Environment Canada says this includes much of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, southeastern New Brunswick, western and southwestern Newfoundland and parts of Quebec bordering the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The powerful storm that has ravaged Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will bring high winds, heavy rains and significant storm surge to the region.