Statement by Elizabeth May on the situation in Slave Lake, Alberta

OTTAWA - On behalf of the Green Party, I want to extend my
deepest sympathies to the people of Slave Lake, Alberta who have lost their
homes and their entire community to wild fires. I am very relieved no lives
were lost.  It is my hope the situation is brought under control quickly
so all displaced residents can return and begin to rebuild.

The Green Party is calling on the federal government
to provide assistance to the people of the region to support rebuilding. That
should include the provision of counseling services to help those, especially
children, who no doubt are suffering severe trauma from having to flee
suddenly, seeing their homes burning behind them as they fled.

Elizabeth May

MP-elect for Saanich-Gulf Islands


Kieran Green
Director of Communications