Premier Horgan Pays P.G. Quick Visit
Prince George, B.C. – He was here and gone in a flash, but B.C. Premier John Horgan says he was able to quickly meet with people who’ve been evacuated, with City of Prince George officials, and emergency responders during his brief visit to Prince George last night.
The trip followed a tour of the devastating effects wildfires have had in the Williams Lake area and a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier in the day.
Horgan told 250News this morning his trip to Prince George began with a visit to UNBC.
“Yes, we went up to the Northern Sport Centre. Had a meeting with Mayor Hall and a group of representatives from Northern Health, from fire departments, the emergency response crew of course,” he said.
“We stopped in at the provincial Emergency Response Centre and talked to the staff there. That was really exciting that people from across the province, from Vancouver Police, Vancouver Fire (were there).
“There were people from every corner of British Columbia in Prince George working to make sure that we can get people in the Cariboo back in their homes safely and with comfort that they’re going to be good going forward.”
However, one group of people who didn’t have the chance to meet the Premier and his team of ministers in Prince George yesterday, was the media.
“We were just briefly in and out,” he explained. “We had a full day – leaving the Lower Mainland, getting into Williams Lake. We toured the wildfire sites on both the east and west of the Fraser. We went into the Chilcotin. By the time we got to Prince George it was a quick visit with the mayor.
“I wanted to hear how the city was dealing with the challenges and then back in the airplane because we had to leave before dark.”
Once all is said and done with the wildfire season, Horgan promised getting affected communities the help they need will be a top priority of both his government and the federal government.
“I’m going to be holding the federal government to that (support for affected communities) and I’m expecting that the representatives from the Cariboo will hold the provincial government to that. We’re going to be there for people, we’re going to be able to rebuild and just the dynamism and the courage of the people in the Cariboo always shines through.
“They’ve had a terrible 28 days but I know the resilience of the people in the region and I’m confident they’ll get back on track as soon as possible.”