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NEWS RELEASE · 24th April 2012
BC NDP and BC Liberal
New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix's Statement Regarding Lakeland Mills Explosion

VANCOUVER – New Democrat leader Adrian Dix issued the following statement in response to the Lakeland Mills explosion:

“The thoughts and prayers of the New Democrat caucus are with the workers and their families, and the people of Prince George. The fire has taken one life, and we extend our condolences to the family who has suffered the greatest of losses today. We hope that workers who are in critical condition stabilize and recover fully.

“Our caucus also thanks the emergency teams on the ground – BC Ambulance, firefighter, doctors and staff at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia – for their tremendous response since last night. The critical role our first responders play during times of catastrophe – from restoring safety, and preventing further injury and fatality – can never be overstated, and we are very grateful that they are always there for our communities.

“The workers and Prince George community can count on our caucus for on-going support in the coming days and weeks as they determine the next steps in recovering from this tragedy.”

Office of the Premier

Premier's Statement on Prince George Mill Explosion and Fire

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark made the following statement on the Lakeland Mill explosion and fire:

"Like all British Columbians, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the explosion and fire at Lakeland Mills in Prince George. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families impacted, particularly with the family of the worker who did not survive this terrible incident.

"The response within the community has been remarkable - emergency officials managed to keep the fire from spreading under extremely adverse conditions, neighbours rushed onto the scene to offer their assistance and health officials worked through the night treating the injured. Prince George is truly a steadfast, caring community.

"I want Mayor Shari Green to know that her city has the full support of our government as they persevere through this terrible time."

Justice Minister and MLA for Prince George Valemount Shirley Bond also commented on the explosion and fire,

"I along with thousands around the province am praying for the employees and their families who have been injured in this devastating fire. In the days ahead we will work together as Northerners always do to support the employees and their families in the recovery process."

Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation and MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie provided comments on the incident as well,

"I want to offer our profound thanks to the unbelievable team that responded so quickly and professionally. Their efforts were truly heroic as many community members and first responders put themselves in harm's way to get the workers to safety. Their efforts are symbolic of our community's generosity and compassion."