Statement on Fort McMurray Relief Effort

OTTAWA, May 12, 2016 – Earlier today, the Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, MP for Simcoe—Grey, issued the following statement:

I am pleased to announce that the governments of Alberta and Canada will match every dollar donated to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Fort McMurray relief effort. This precedent of matching dollar for dollar when Canadians and those abroad are at their greatest time of need was set by our Conservative government. For this effort, all individual charitable donations made within Canada will be matched until May 31st, 2016.

“I am devastated by the tragedy that has impacted my hometown of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Thousands of families have lost their homes. Many others have lost their businesses in the flames.

“As forest fires have forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, my heart goes out to those families and friends affected by the situation.

I call on all Canadians to show their support for the people of Fort McMurray. I know Canadians are generous people. Please support Fort McMurray by texting “REDCROSS” to 30333 or sign up to support at

“I know the community will rebuild after this tremendous challenge. The people of Fort McMurray are resilient.”

“I would like to thank the first responders, volunteers, firefighters, and community leaders who are working day and night to help the people of Fort McMurray.

Now, more than ever, we need to work hard and help the people of Alberta. God bless to all those impacted by this tragedy.”

For additional information
Office of Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, PC, MP, O.Ont.