Statement by Elizabeth May on the situation in Slave Lake, Alberta

On behalf of the Green Party, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the people of Slave Lake, Alberta who have lost their homes and their entire community to wild fires. I am very relieved no lives were lost.  It is my hope the situation is brought under control quickly so all displaced residents can return and begin to rebuild.

The Green Party is calling on the federal government to provide assistance to the people of the region to support rebuilding. That should include the provision of counseling services to help those, especially children, who no doubt are suffering severe trauma from having to flee suddenly, seeing their homes burning behind them as they fled.

Elizabeth May MP-elect for Saanich-Gulf Islands