TRUDEAU TO VISIT FIRE RAVAGED FORT McMURRAY WHILE OIL INDUSTRY PREPARES TO RESTART PRODUCTION

May 11, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will tour fire ravaged Fort McMurray on Friday to offer national support.

In the House of Commons, the Prime Minister thanked the firefighters and first responders and also congratulated Canadians for their donations in the face of the crisis.

“I want to congratulate as well, all the MPs from all parties, particularly the leader of the opposition, who’ve been very strongly engaged on the ground supporting their fellow citizens,” Trudeau explained, “I want to congratulate all Canadians, who across the country came together to give incredibly generously to the people of Fort McMurray through the Canadian Red Cross and in other ways.”

Also from Ottawa, comes word the government working to speed up handling of unemployment insurance claims from Fort McMurray and cut wait times for benefits.

Meantime, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the oil industry in the Fort McMurray area will be up and running again soon.

“Operators have committed to restarting production as soon as they can and they have identified for us critical initial steps that must be taken to help safely restart production in this region,” Notley told a news conference where she was flanked by oil company executives.

Both Shell Canada and Suncor Energy have announced optimism that oilsands production would ramp up quickly.

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