Wildfire Situation Hits Home for MP Doherty
Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty shares his views on the wildfire situation- video 250News
Prince George, B.C. – “It’s been overwhelming.”
The words of Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty in reaction to the wildfires that have ravaged the Cariboo the past few days.
Doherty is not only the MP for much of the affected area but many of his family members live in Williams lake – including his mother, in-laws, and friends.
“I talked to my mother earlier this morning (Monday) and from her porch she could see flames,” he says.
“And talking to my friends that I grew up with in high school, we worry about what could happen. Fort McMurray is still fresh in our minds so we’re doing everything in our power to make sure that’s not going to be the case.”
Doherty’s been doing his part volunteering since the Emergency Reception Centre opened Saturday at CNC and has the following message for evacuees.
“The biggest thing is making sure you’re safe and sound and you’re healthy. So, please register. Heed every alert and warning. We can replace property but we can’t replace you.”
The provincial government has helped by announcing a $100 million relief fund for affected communities.
The federal government has also pledged its assistance by putting Canadian Forces on standby.
Does Doherty think the feds are doing enough?
“Well, that remains to be seen. As early as Saturday morning we were in touch with our federal ministers making sure they’re aware,” he says.
“And as I said to them we’re on the ground, myself and my colleague to the south Cathy McLeod. We don’t want to interfere with any of the processes there but we don’t want to be talking to these people after the fact, we’re talking to them as it happens.”