Prime Minister Justin Trudeau creates new cabinet committee for Northern Alberta Wildfires

Dec 19 2017, 11:27 am

Earlier today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new Cabinet committee that will deal with the impact and recovery from the Northern Alberta Wildfires. The Ad Hoc committee will discuss and allocate federal contributions to recovery and rebuilding efforts for those affected by the May 2016 Northern Alberta wildfires.

“The new ad hoc Cabinet committee is part of our work to address both the urgent and long term needs of communities affected by the Northern Alberta wildfires. We are working closely with Alberta Premier Notley and local authorities to coordinate recovery and rebuilding efforts for the many thousands who have been displaced and left homeless,” Trudeau said in a release. 

In response to the initial wildfire in Fort McMurray the Government of Canada has pledged to match every dollar donated to the Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts. The commitment will be backdated to May 3 and continue until the end of May 2016.

The Prime Minister is heading to Fort McMurray on Friday to survey the devastated area and offer Canada’s support.

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