(OTTAWA) May 4, 2016 – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), released the following statement:
“The devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray that continue to rage today are heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Fort McMurray, those who have lost homes and businesses, and first responders who continue to fight to extinguish the blaze.
“Some reports have suggested that the wildfires are directly caused by climate change. No credible climate scientist would make this claim, and neither do I make this claim. Rather, we must turn our minds in the coming days to the impact of increased extreme climate events, and what we can do collectively to respond to these events.
“It’s encouraging to see the federal government commit to providing adequate evacuation and emergency aid, in partnership with the Government of Alberta. I encourage all Canadians who want to help to donate to the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-418-1111 or online at redcross.ca.”