As a woman who’s first career was in the forestry industry, I rise to recognize the many British Columbians who have been impacted by forest fires, like my niece’s family, evacuated from their ranch north of Kamloops.
2017 is the most devastating year on record with over a million hectares of forest already burned, 124 wildfires are still burning today.
In many areas the forest harvest, sawmilling, and replanting operations were suspended, backcountry tourism shut down, and local residents breathed smoke for weeks. Business owners, employees, ranchers, livestock and individual health are all paying a hefty price.
I was proud that members of the cabinet committee on Federal Recovery Efforts for the BC Wildfires toured Prince George and Kamloops to hear from community members directly and pledged increased Federal help.
Mr. Speaker, and everyone, listening to this today, please consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross, to help BC’s many wildfire victims.