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Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, today I rise to recognize and thank the firefighters of our country for the tremendous and courageous work they do. They are first responders who put their lives at risk every day to assist, save and protect Canadians.

Listening to the news this morning, I was reminded of the tough work that firefighters do with the recent fire situation in British Columbia. With warmer-than-usual temperatures this spring, the wildfire season in B.C. has already begun. Yesterday, the Peace River Regional District in northern British Columbia declared a state of emergency. The district reported 48 fires burning in the region. The BC Wildfire Service has also reported fires in Dawson Creek and near Burns Lake. Our thoughts are with the residents of those communities, the citizens that have been evacuated and the firefighters who are tirelessly responding to the fires.

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