Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed in the House of Commons on Thursday morning that his government will match individual donations made to the Red Cross in support of relief efforts in Fort McMurray.
The prime minister again offered his support to the families affected by the ongoing crisis in Alberta.
“I think this is a fantastic way for the country to come together,” said interim Opposition leader Rona Ambrose in response to Trudeau’s announcement. “So I thank them for moving forward with this.”
Ambrose then asked the government to keep Fort McMurray as “a top priority as they make announcements and make decisions for infrastructure” considering the widespread damage to property in the Albertan city.
Ambrose’s voice shook with emotion as she spoke, and Trudeau immediately crossed the floor and embraced the MP for Sturgeon River-Parkland as she completed her statement.
NDP leader Mulcair was also very supportive of the decision to match donations, calling it “particularly user-friendly.”
“For Canadians to know that for every dollar that they give, it will be matched by the Canadian government I think should encourage them to give generously,” Mulcair said.
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With files from Global News