Mr. Speaker, over the past week Albertans watched in horror as the raging wildfire forced more than 80,000 Fort McMurray and area residents from their homes, leaving unimaginable destruction in its wake. In the face of this danger it would have been easy to panic, yet so many brave Albertans swallowed their fear and evacuated their city without incident. In the hours and days that followed, it has been remarkable to witness the strength, kindness, and generosity of Albertans as they rush to help evacuees. Whether it was patrolling highway 63 with fuel, food, and water for those stranded or opening their homes without hesitation to welcome the weary or quickly organizing fundraisers to support the amazing work of the Canadian Red Cross, Albertans have been a source of inspiration across the country.
Time and time again our resiliency has been tested, and Albertans have answered the call. I think about the wonderful couple from Fort Mac that I met this weekend in Calgary, so overwhelmed and in shock but who were treated so kindly at a local Best Buy, whose staff replaced their electronics at little or no cost, or the group of young people from Fort McMurray who came to North Star Ford in Calgary to say thank you to volunteers, who then furnished them with food and supplies for their pets.
Unfortunately, we cannot say that no lives were lost. Our hearts break for the families of two young people who lost their lives in a vehicle collision fleeing Fort McMurray. This is an unimaginable loss, and our prayers are with their families.
Alberta is no stranger to hard times, but as the people of this great province have demonstrated so many times in the past, we are stronger than tornadoes, floods, and wildfires.
On May 10, 2016, Sandra Jansen praised Alberta's response to the Fort McMurray wildfiles.
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