Trudeau tours Fort McMurray, promises to help
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with firefighters and other emergency crews in Fort McMurray on Friday, before touring the burned-out rubble left behind by last week’s wildfire.
Trudeau arrived via helicopter Friday morning and gave a short speech in which he thanked Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and “courageous” first responders for “an extraordinary response.”
“I was not able to get here until now, so I was following all the updates and watching the images on TV, and just seeing the scale and the scope of this,” the prime minister said.
“I don’t think Canadians yet understand what happened here,” he went on. “They don’t yet understand that it wasn’t a fluke of rain or wind or luck that happened,” he added, referring to the fact that about 90 per cent of structures in the town were saved.
Trudeau vowed that “all of Canada” is going to be involved in the next phases of cleanup and rebuilding.
“For many years, Fort McMurray contributed huge amounts to Canada’s well-being, to the growth of our economy,” he said. “Now this community needs help and I can guarantee you Canada will be here.”
Trudeau’s tour guide was Darby Allen, who oversaw last week’s firefighting response. The two met earlier Friday in Edmonton.
“I heard there were situations and peculiarities in this fire that give us pause for reflection on how we move forward,” Trudeau said to Allen.
Trudeau also said that he is “very interested” in what can be done to “minimize” the impacts of another disaster – “because it will come.” (Source: CBC News)