Justin Trudeau visits Revelstoke to encourage donations to Red Cross

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canadian government would match all donations to the Red Cross to support those affected by B.C. wildfires at a stop Saturday in Revelstoke.

“We’ll be providing financial support to help with the recovery effort,” he told the crowd of more than a thousand. “British Columbia has provided funding so the Canadian Red Cross can help evacuess and we’re following their lead by making a contribution that matches the amount the Canadian Red Cross is spending on direct support to those evacuated from their homes here in B.C.”

Justin Trudeau speaks in Revelstoke.

Posted by Revelstoke Review on Saturday, 29 July 2017

Trudeau arrived in Revelstoke to much fanfare. It was the first visit to the community by a sitting Prime Minister since his father Pierre Trudeau made a brief stop here on Aug. 8, 1982, not long after he gave the middle finger to protesters in Salmon Arm.

Justin Trudeau, who was with his father at the time, made reference to that event.

“There’s a long tradition of this family coming out together to enjoy these mountains,” he said. “Bringing my daughter here and teaching her how to wave with her whole hand, unlike my father, is a nice opportunity to share.”

Tom Jackson, live in #Revelstoke. @justinpjtrudeau is expected to arrive soon to speak.

A post shared by Revelstoke Review (@revelstoke_review) on

The main purpose of his visit was to encourage Canadians to donate to the Red Cross to support those impacted by the wildfires raging in B.C. He asked people to text BCFires to 20222 to make an automatic $10 donation to the organization.

“The most important thing we can do is make a donation to the Red Cross.”

Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee, Rural Revelstoke director Loni Parker, Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok and regional First Nations leaders also spoke at the event. Metis singer Tom Jackson, a Red Cross ambassador, performed while the crowd waited for the prime minister to show up. Trudeau was delayed shortly due to an accident on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Leaders of local First Nations speak at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to Revelstoke today.

Posted by Revelstoke Review on Saturday, 29 July 2017

At the peak, more than 40,000 people were forced from their homes by the fires. Many have been allowed to return home, but more than 5,000 still haven’t been allowed back.

There are still 129 wildfires larger than 0.01 hectares in size burning in B.C., including 25 of note.

Trudeau said he will be visiting the affected areas in a few days and he gave thanks to the responders on the front lines.

“They all deserve a round of applause. Let’s ensure they can hear us over a couple of mountain ranges,” he said.

Trudeau was scheduled to leave Revelstoke on the CP Rail Canada 150 train and take it to Calgary.

Check out photos from his visit below.

Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is mobbed upon his arrival in Revelstoke on Saturday. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Chief Wayne Christian of the Secwepmec First Nations addresses the crowd. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Stacie Byrne had this shirt made for the Prime Minister’s visit. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Metis singer and Red Cross ambassador Tom Jackson performs. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is surrounded by people, cameras and security as he walks through the crowd. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stops for a selfie with two youngsters. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks about the B.C. wildfires and donating to the Canadian Red Cross. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Justin Trudeau holds up a new snowboard given to him by Revelstoke’s Trapper Snowboards. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee presents Justin Trudeau with a family pass to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

From left: Meghan MacIsaac, Karilyn Kempton and Cindy Maloney hand out cake made by The Modern for the occasion. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Just Posted

VIDEO: Surveying wildfire damage

UBC researchers use drones to study the historic 2017 wildfires in B.C.’s Interior

US-$473 million Kemano second tunnel project gets the go-ahead

Construction will start in spring 2018 and will be completed by 2020.

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Be a pal, become a Snow Buddy

They are overworked trying to cope with all the driveways that need clearing.

PNGI founder Chris Arnold passes away at 48

Advocate for persons with physical, mental barriers remembered for the many lives he changed

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

Moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are ‘golden nuggets:’ researcher

Calves discovered near Prince George in late May. Mother had been killed by a car

Missing Alberta man could be headed to Victoria

Police in Alberta say Vernon “Allan” Pickard has not been heard from since late November

Cineplex charges extra at some Star Wars screenings

Fans are getting a surprise twist at the box office with extra $1 charges for assigned seating

Toddler sent to hospital following dog bite at Vancouver Island daycare

Malamute/husky cross involved in incident at 1200-block of Burnside Rd. West

Local guides aren’t happy with grizzly ban

Guides say new ban could end businesses, including first nations outfitters and float planes.

Provincial Contractor of the Year awards handed out across B.C.

Deputy Minister’s 2017 awards recognize excellence in transportation and infrastructure

Most Read