Mr. Speaker, none of us could have foreseen the floods that directly impacted many of my constituents this past June. It was a very difficult time that made many of us re-evaluate our priorities and indeed our lives.
Though many people experienced tremendous loss, it was also a time in which I saw an outpouring of compassion and kindness of people from near and far to those in need.
In the aftermath, I had the privilege of joining many Albertans who volunteered to lend a hand in High River, Black Diamond, Bragg Creek, as well as surrounding areas.
I am so honoured to have witnessed and worked alongside residents, emergency responders and all those who demonstrated true Canadian grit, determination, bravery and community spirit during and after the flooding.
Having been involved with flood mitigation planning since June, it is clear that recovery will be a very slow process. We must continue to work toward practical solutions for those affected as we follow the recovery.
Once again, I extend my utmost gratitude to the volunteers who gave their time and support to all affected families. It was greatly appreciated.