Question Period - Grand Forks Flood Relief


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Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP) 

Constituency: South Okanagan—West Kootenay

    Mr. Speaker, six months after flooding devastated their community, the people of Grand Forks are still recovering from the impacts of that flood. With winter settling in and the next potential flood only six months away, they are extremely anxious to get a firm commitment of support from the federal government

 Can the government commit to working with the people of Grand Forks and the Boundary to support their recovery and mitigation efforts through infrastructure and public safety programs?


Hon. Ralph Goodale (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada always stands ready to support provinces when they are working with local communities to deal with the aftermath of natural disasters. The provinces and municipalities have the first line of responsibility to determine what is necessary, but they call upon the Government of Canada to assist them, including with the disaster financial assistance arrangements and the Government of Canada will always, in every case, be there.