“Today the community of Fernie is grieving for three people who lost their lives in yesterday’s tragic accident at Fernie Memorial Arena, and we grieve with them.
“Every city, town, village and farm in the Kootenays is connected with each other; we own a Kootenay Culture and we are proud of it. When it comes to a tragedy like this, we are one community and we know that we will come together in true Kootenay spirit to support our neighbours and friends in Fernie during this very difficult time.
“On behalf of the BC Liberal Caucus, we offer our most heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives yesterday. No words can express the profound sadness and pain that comes with the sudden loss of a loved one.
“We all wake up and go to work with the assumption we’ll return home to our families at the end of the day, but instances like this remind us that life is precious and we should never take that blessing for granted.
“This is a tragedy that I know we will learn from so another family doesn’t have to answer the knock on the door from an RCMP member to hear their loved one died at work that day.
“We offer our heartfelt thanks to the first responders and community leaders who have been working tirelessly through the night to make sure the community of Fernie is safe right now. Know that all of British Columbia stands with you.”