Statement by FCM President Raymond Louie on the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta (04/05/2016)
On behalf of municipal leaders across Canada, I express our deepest support to our colleagues and residents of Fort McMurray Alberta as they cope with the devastation and continued high risk caused by wildfires. We stand with you in your time of need.
Canadians from coast to coast to coast have been gripped by the dramatic images emerging from the community. The stories of our fellow Canadians being forced from their homes have touched us all. No matter where we live, no matter how big or how small our hometown might be, the loss being experienced by our fellow citizens in Fort McMurray right now is a loss for us all.
I send my thoughts to first-responders on the ground who are tackling the fires, safely evacuating citizens, and setting up temporary shelters. Their bravery and dedication to serve the community make us all proud.
Already, the municipal sector is banding together to express support and offer help. In the spirit of true partnership, all orders of government will rally together to address the urgent needs of the community.
President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Acting Mayor, City of Vancouver