PM thanks volunteers for "stepping up"

By The Canadian Press
July 31, 2017 - 11:16am

WILLIAMS LAKE — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked those on the front lines of British Columbia's firefighting efforts as he stopped in Williams Lake today.

    Trudeau addressed about 250 people from the fire service, police and military who have been helping keep the wildfires from overrunning communities in what has been a devastating fire season.

    Trudeau thanked the workers on behalf of all Canadians for ``stepping up,'' saying it is reassuring for people to see everybody pulling together.
    The prime minister says different levels of government will work in the coming months to set things back to normal for communities damaged by fires.

    Several hundred residents cheered as Trudeau and Premier John Horgan emerged from a local recreation centre, and the cheering grew even louder as the fire service personal filed out of the building.

    Thousands of Williams Lake residents returned to their homes over the weekend after they were forced to leave July 15 when a fast-moving fire encroached on their community.
    (The Canadian Press)<

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