Mr. Speaker, first of all, let me say that the government expresses concern for all of those in Alberta who have been affected by the flood.
The Prime Minister has spoken with Premier Klein and the mayors from a number of affected communities. I am in regular contact with those on the ground, including mayors and provincial ministers.
I have offered assistance, be it military, financial or otherwise, if the province believes it is required. The province can request financial relief under the DFAA. I have indicated to the Government of Alberta that if it makes such a request, we will move quickly to respond.
In fact, we should be able to advance dollars as soon as a provincial request is forthcoming.