Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP secure the perimeter of the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Monday morning in Williams Lake in anticipation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the lakecity. (Angie Mindus photo)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Williams Lake

PM and other dignitaries to pay a visit to Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, fire fighters and staff at Cariboo Fire Centre Monday, July 31

It’s not every day that the Prime Minister of Canada visits Williams Lake.

Mind you, it’s also not a typical time in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Several wildfires continue to burn around the lakecity and near many other rural communities in the area and in the Chilcotin.

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been in Williams Lake assisting with the efforts of the Williams Lake RCMP to maintain law and order throughout the former evacuation order and current alert, and have been stationed at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex (CMRC).

Suitably, CMRC will be the backdrop for the PM’s first public speaking engagement Monday morning, July 31.

Trudeau, the Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities and Chair of the Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Federal Recovery Efforts for 2017 BC Wildfires, Carla Qualtrough, the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, will meet with Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members from the Williams Lake Wildfire Command Centre at 10:30 a.m.

A large security perimeter was ribboned off Monday morning as officers worked to secure the area for the dignitaries.

At 12:10 p.m. the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities and Chair of the Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Federal Recovery Efforts for 2017 BC Wildfires, the Minister of Justice and the Premier of British Columbia will visit the Cariboo Fire Centre.

Crowds wait outside the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Arena for Trudeau.

At 1 p.m. the group will participate in an aerial tour of the fire zones in the region and will hold a media availability at 2:20 p.m. at the Williams Lake Airport.

On social media sites some have criticized Trudeau’s visit while other residents have called the Williams Lake Tribune to say they found the visit from the nation’s leader both “comforting and reassuring.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The forest along the north and west perimeter of the Williams Lake Airport is a reminder of the first firestorm to hit the area July 7. A second firestorm July 15 forced the evacuation of Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo)

When the Prime Minister tours the fire zone Monday afternoon, he will see hundreds of BC Wildfire Service staff set up at the airport to fight the fires, as well as just how close the fire came to entering the city, the rural communities of Wildwood, 150 Mile House and Sugar Cane and even the airport and Cariboo Fire Centre, which was forced to evacuate for a time July 7 due to wildfire. (Angie Mindus photo)

The Spokin Lake fire remains a challenge for fire crews and continues to keep area residents from their homes. (Angie Mindus photo)

Just Posted

Glacier Gymnastics hosts over 150 athletes for Judges Cup

The annual event included gymnasts from Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Invermere

LVR grad committee seeks support for fundraiser

The Burger and Beer fundraising event takes place at Finley’s on Sunday

Nelson Waldorf to host open house Saturday

The event runs 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Craig Korth: getting back in tune

Nelson’s master banjo player faces down a rare neurological disorder

School District 8: No visiting Chinese students have coronavirus

SD8 says its international students have already been screened for the virus

VIDEO: Feds look to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Calgary man dies in snowmobiling incident near Revelstoke

Boulder Mountain is a popular snowmobiling area west of the city

‘I am so sorry’: Stolen Baby Bear statue reunited with Mama, Papa Bear in B.C. town

Culprit left it near the Henry Road roundabout in Chemainus with a note attached

‘Critically low’ caribou population prompts wolf cull in the Chilcotin

Itcha-Ilgachuz herd numbers down to 385, from 2,800 in 2003

Off-duty B.C. Mountie takes down would-be ice cream thief

Suspect attempted to steal Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen location on Sunday

RCMP to review fatal B.C. train derailment investigation after evidence points to ‘cover up’

The derailment, which occurred on Feb. 4, 2019, killed three men from Calgary

Nanaimo man hit with pole in dispute over off-leash dog

RCMP say no charges recommended at this time

Family hopes Britain can get pregnant B.C. woman out of China’s coronavirus epicentre

Lauren Williams, who is about 35 weeks pregnant, has been stuck in Wuhan

Most Read