July 2, 2021
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened the Incident Response Group. The group discussed the wildfires and extreme weather conditions in British Columbia.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair provided an update on the current wildfire situation, which has required the evacuation of multiple B.C. and First Nation communities, severely damaged the community of Lytton, B.C., and resulted in the loss of life.
Minister Blair and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan provided a summary of their conversations with provincial counterparts. The Prime Minister and all ministers agreed on the need for the Government of Canada to be there to provide resources to B.C. as needed, to support them in managing the situation and keeping people safe.
Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan Jr. also gave an overview of the wildfires situation and outlook in Western Canada and across the country to raise awareness of the potential for increased need for support over the coming summer months.
The Prime Minister and ministers will continue to work closely with the government of British Columbia to have people’s backs, and respond with whatever it takes as the situation evolves.
PMO Media Relations