- Will involve federal and rural officials, and Indigenous leadership.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau toured the flood-stricken city of Abbotsford, B.C., previous on Friday, seeing at flood damage first-hand and speaking to local officials and First Nations leaders.
Trudeau orders to shape the flood damage recovery:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared the creation of a new federal committee to lead British Columbia’s restoration from the current flooding and fatal mudslides.
Trudeau declared at a press conference beside B.C. Premier John Horgan in Victoria on Friday night, after his initial trip to the region following the widespread flooding two weeks ago.
The committee will be co-chaired by Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, with another committee member to be declared later. It will also add Indigenous representatives.
Trudeau stated he believes the committee will also develop the answer to ultimate strange events and the broader government reply to weather change.
“It can’t be just about weather-proofing homes, although that’s an important piece,” he stated. Source – cbc.ca
“We have to make sure we’re investing in communities, getting our country to net zero and investing in support and leadership by Indigenous communities.” Source – cbc.ca
Hundreds of people continue displaced by the floods, with freeways destroyed and supply chains strangled heading into another weekend of storms.
Trudeau toured the community of Abbotsford, southeast of Vancouver, prior on Friday, surveying flood damage first-hand and speaking to local officials, first responders and First Nations’ leadership.
He said he noticed “amazing” power and resilience from first responders there and reverenced community works in the wake of the floods.
“It’s not going to be enough for us to be there now and in the coming weeks — we need to be there for each other in the coming months and coming years.” Source – cbc.ca