BC Liberals Slam NDP for ‘Lacking Leadership on Fire Response’
Prince George, B.C. – Where’s the leadership from the new NDP government when it comes to this year’s wildfire situation?
That’s the question Liberal MLAs are asking in areas affected by the fires. The opposition says businesses and residents are concerned about “the disengaged attitude” from ministers in the Forests, Environment, and Transportation and Infrastructure ministries.
“These devastating wildfires have deeply impacted huge areas of our province and I know how important it is to have access to up-to-the-minute information from our government,” said MLA John Rustad, opposition forests critic.
“I would like to invite NDP Minister Doug Donaldson to take the time to visit all affected areas to see firsthand the people who have been at the centre of these devastating wildfires.”
Rural economy critic and MLA Donna Barnett adds the rural economy has been hammered by the fires and the effects will be felt for months, if not years, to come.
“The Cariboo has been severely impacted and residents feel like they are being ignored by the NDP government. Ranchers have been burned out, people are stressed and they need the Minister to be front and centre responding to this crisis.”
The BC Liberals were also critical that an off-road restriction notice put in place for noon Friday was issued too late.
“Unfortunately, the notice went out just before noon, when many travellers have already left for the weekend,” said Liberal MLA and Environment critic Peter Milobar.
250News contacted the NDP for comment on this story but did not receive a response.