Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the fire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray at the end of the week, he announced on Tuesday.
During Tuesday’s Question Period, Trudeau was asked about his government’s promises to help the northern Alberta community rebuild. The prime minister thanked the countless firefighters who have been battling the wildfire that displaced more than 80,000 residents, and said he’d be visiting the city on Friday.
Last week, Trudeau said that he would visit the community when it made sense, but that it wouldn’t be “helpful” to be on the ground at the time, and could even take away from active relief efforts.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley toured Fort Mac on Monday, as did a number of reporters. Notley praised firefighters for saving a majority of the city’s homes and buildings, but noted that it is not yet safe for people to return due to large sections of the town still being without power, gas or water.
Approximately 2,400 buildings were lost in the blaze, but many more–as many as half of the buildings in the city–could have been destroyed had firefighters not contained the fire.
Donations to the Canadian Red Cross have continued to pour in, with the provincial and federal governments each matching, dollar for dollar, contributions.