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What you might hear from (minister's name) the next time disaster strikes

Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney reacts to Auditor General Michael Ferguson's latest report at a news conference in Ottawa, Tuesday, Nov.26, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney reacts to Auditor General Michael Ferguson's latest report at a news conference in Ottawa, Tuesday, Nov.26, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA - Newly released briefing documents depict some (but not all) of what Canadians might expect to hear from Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney in the event of a disaster in Canada or the United States. Here are some of Blaney's talking points:

In the event of a terrorist incident in Canada:

— Canada has suffered a national tragedy.

— My heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims of today's attack and their families.

— The government of Canada remains unwavering in its commitment to protect the safety and security of Canadians and to advance the global fight against terrorism.

— The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) are working closely with local law enforcement officials to investigate.

— The government of Canada is assisting the local authorities to save lives and help victims.

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In the event of a terrorist incident in the U.S.:

— A tragic event has taken place in (city or state) and our heartfelt sympathies are with those directly affected and their families.

— Terrorism is a global phenomenon and Canada is not immune.

— The government of Canada remains unwavering in its commitment to protect the safety and security of Canadians and to advance the global fight against terrorism.

— We continue to work closely with our domestic and international partners to protect against security threats. We face the same threats and share the same concerns.

— I have been in contact with my U.S. counterpart, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and have offered both our sympathy and our assistance to the U.S.

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In the event of a major natural or man-made disaster in Canada:

— Our heartfelt sympathies are with the families and friends of those affected by this terrible (type of incident) in (city or town).

— The government of Canada is in contact with its (provincial/territorial) counterparts and will continue to share information as it becomes available.

— First responders and (provincial/territorial) officials are responsible for addressing the immediate needs of citizens in the affected area.

— Public Safety will work with the (provincial/territorial government) to ensure that requests for federal assistance are handled without delay.

— In order to allow for an effective recovery to take place, it is important that people in the affected area(s) co-operate with their local authorities.

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In the event of a major natural or man-made disaster in the U.S.:

— Our heartfelt sympathies are with the families and friends of those affected by this terrible (type of incident) in (city or town).

— (If applicable) I have been in close contact with my U.S. counterparts.

— The government of Canada is monitoring the situation.

— The government of Canada is ready to co-ordinate a national response — should assistance be requested by the U.S. government.

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In the event of a major cybersecurity incident in Canada:

— Cyberattacks are a global phenomenon. Canada and other countries face escalating cyberthreats — these threats are real and continue to mature.

— While I won't provide specific details about the nature of this incident, I can assure you the government of Canada has plans in place to prevent, minimize and address the impacts of cyberthreats.

— Government agencies are working closely together to take appropriate action and implement mitigating measures. The government of Canada is also working closely with its national and international partners, private industry, law enforcement and other levels of government to encourage information sharing and to prevent, detect and defeat cyber-incidents.

— We are committed to protecting Canada's cyber-networks and defending against malicious cyberactivity.

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In the event of a major cybersecurity incident in the U.S.:

— The government of Canada is closely monitoring the situation.

— We take these threats seriously and have measures in place to address them.

— We are committed to protecting Canada's cyber-networks and defending against malicious cyberactivity.

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