As several more communities are evacuated due to major forest fires in northern Saskatchewan, NDP Leader Cam Broten wants to see more resources on the ground to fight the fires, backing the call of northern leadership.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the Prince Albert Grand Council and local chiefs declared a state of emergency on Saturday afternoon, and called for more resources from the provincial and federal governments, including the Canadian Forces. Saturday, La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band were given evacuation orders.
“We can’t express our gratitude enough to the firefighters in the north – they’re true heroes and they’re working tirelessly,” said Broten. “But at the moment, they don’t just need thanks. They need more resources.
“I was up there this week and saw firsthand how challenging this situation is, and I heard directly from community leaders and firefighters that they don't have enough resources to properly fight these fires and protect homes and businesses. It’s time to put Canadian Forces boots on the ground in the firefighting efforts.”
Broten spent June 30 to July 2 between La Ronge and La Loche. Today, he visited evacuees in Saskatoon along with the MLA for Athabasca, Buckley Belanger.