– Canada’s environment minister says that extreme weather is expected to act as a wake-up call for folks across the country resisting action to tackle climate change.
In British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba runaway wildfires are raging that have forced residents away from their homes.
In B.C. province, authorities declared a state of emergency Wednesday to prepare for possible mass evacuations because nearly 300 fires were burning in the province and threatening communities.
Two people died in Lytton village earlier this month after extensive tracts of the community were destroyed in fires.
Farmers in the prairie region are also suffering serious drought while in western Canada, weather warnings are in effect because of a billowing, thick cloud of smoke.
Wilkinson was in Calgary to announce a damage-limitation plan in response to 2013 floods across southern Alberta which caused five deaths and billions in damage.
He said all of the data now shows that ‘extreme weather will not change in the future.’
Wilkinson, who was brought up in Saskatchewan and is now the MP for North Vancouver, said he understands why people continue to oppose measures to combat climate change.