Canadian leader Justin Trudeau to visit forest fire city

Trudeau will visit the fire-scarred city of Fort McMurray on Friday.
Trudeau will visit the fire-scarred city of Fort McMurray on Friday.PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the fire-scarred city of Fort McMurray on Friday, as he hailed the work of first responders who evacuated the oil hub of 100,000.

"All Canadians say congratulations to the brave first responders who have been there to do extraordinary work in Fort McMurray," Trudeau said in the House of Commons.

He hailed lawmakers for being "strongly engaged on the ground supporting their fellow citizens," as well as "all Canadians who across the country came together to give incredibly generously to the people of Fort McMurray through the Canadian Red Cross and other ways."

 

The federal government has promised to help the province of Alberta rebuild, as well as support the economy hit hard by the drop in oil prices over the past two years and the latest catastrophe, which has forced oil firms to suspend or reduce production in recent days.