MLA Letters

MLA Sturko's Letter to Premier Eby and Federal Minister Saks on B.C.’s overdose death emergency

January 30, 2024

I write to you today in my roles as both Member of the Legislative Assembly for Surrey South and Critic for Mental Health and Addiction to discuss two critical issues impacting British Columbia’s drug overdose emergency.

First, I want to raise the issue of unwitnessed “safe supply” programs. I am aware of a letter sent to you on January 26, 2024, from top addictions and mental health professionals calling for the end of funding to unwitnessed “safe supply” programs. I fully support their position and their arguments.

Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery & Education

MLA Lee's letter to Attorney-General Sharma about addressing the unprecedented levels of antisemitism in B.C.

December 18, 2023
I am writing to you about the urgent and pressing need to address the unprecedented levels of antisemitism and hate that we continue to see rise in British Columbia, including on our streets, shopping malls, transit lines, schools, and university and college campuses.
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation, Shadow Minister for Attorney General

MLA Sturko's Letter to Minister Robinson requesting an investigation into allegations of criminal activity and breach of ethics

November 17, 2023

I am writing to you today to request an investigation into the allegations of criminal activity and breach of research ethics at the University of Victoria.

As you are aware, there is an ongoing police investigation relating to drug trafficking by the Drug Users Liberation Front (DULF). Their operations were supported over the last two fiscal years by your government in the sum of more than $430,000 taxpayer dollars.

Several publicly available documents and news articles point to the involvement of the University of Victoria as a partner in research done by DULF, along with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), which is a UBC Faculty of Medicine affiliated centre.

Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery & Education

MLA Lee's Letter to the President and CEO of Langara College on Sr. Knight's offensive remarks

November 16, 2023
I am writing to express my serious concerns about the highly offensive statements made by Langara College faculty member Dr.

Natalie Knight glorifying the heinous and barbaric terrorist attack by Hamas on October 7th, at the rally at the šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza) on October 28th, which have been shared on social media and reported on in the news media. I raise this with you as the local MLA for Vancouver-Langara and as a friend and supporter of snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College.

These statements run completely counter to the efforts that I have worked on in South Vancouver, including with Langara College and the Jewish community, to build a more inclusive community.

Shadow Minister for Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation, Shadow Minister for Attorney General

MLA Sturko's Letter to Minister Saks clarifying federal funding of DULF

November 8, 2023
I am writing to express my concerns regarding the Vancouver-based Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) and to inquire about the current status of federal funding and approval for this organization.
Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery & Education

MLA Sturko's Letter to Minister Farnworth requesting an investigation into allegations of criminal activity and a breach of research ethics

November 1, 2023

I am writing to you today to request an investigation into the allegations of criminal activity and a breach of research ethics at the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and the University of Victoria.

As you are aware, the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) is the subject of an ongoing police investigation. In a letter sent to the Attorney General on October 5, 2023, I outlined my concerns, not only with public funds being used to support DULF and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) but also with the connection between these organizations and the BCCSU. However, in the time since my initial letter, information has come to light that raises further questions about the decisions made by your government.

Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery & Education

MLA Ross's Letter to Minister Osborne on B.C.'s LNG Canada Project

October 26, 2023
I am writing to you as the Shadow Minister of Energy and LNG to express my concerns and seek clarity on a matter of significant importance to our province, particularly to the northern communities that rely on the energy sector for their livelihoods.
Shadow Minister for Energy & LNG

BC United House Leader Todd Stone's Letter to Speaker Chouhan requesting an emergency debate

October 10, 2023
On behalf of the Official Opposition, I am writing to request an emergency debate in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, pursuant to Standing Order 35, on the next day the Legislature is in session, October 16, 2023, to discuss a matter of urgent public importance. The recent terrorist attacks against Israel and the escalation of violence in the Middle East have deeply shaken the global community and many here in B.C. who have family, loved ones, and other connections in Israel.
House Leader, Shadow Minister for Jobs, Small Business & Economic Development

MLA Sturko's Letter to Minister Sharma to request an investigation into the allegations of public funds used to support criminal activity

October 5, 2023
I am writing to you requesting an investigation into the expenditure of $1.2 million of public funds in the 2021/2022 budget year by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) to support two organizations involved in the purchase of illicit drugs and drug trafficking. I am also asking for an investigation into the research and support of these organizations by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), which as you are aware, receives public funding, and provides research and policy advice to your government.
Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery & Education

MLA Kyllo's Letter to Minister Conroy on needed wildfire relief support

September 25, 2023
I am writing to convey my support for an urgent and critical initiative proposed by the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce — a dedicated fund to provide relief to local businesses adversely affected by the recent wildfires in the North Shuswap region this summer.
Deputy Whip, Shadow Minister for Labour & Skills Training

MLA Paton, Doerkson and Sturko's Letter to Minister Ma and Minister Ralston on wildfire preparation

September 5, 2023
This year, combined with unprecedented drought, we have seen more extreme fire behaviour while non-typical weather patterns have set the stage to make severe wildfires more frequent. Looking ahead, the time is now to start using the information gleaned from this fire season to start planning for wildfire response in the future.
Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery & Education
Shadow Minister for Emergency Management and Climate Readiness; and Water, Land and Resource Stewardship
Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food

MLA Kirkpatrick's Letter to Minister Lore on childcare processing time concerns

August 25, 2023
In estimates earlier this year, I expressed many deep concerns regarding significant challenges faced by childcare providers due to the frustratingly slow processing of their annual funding applications and renewals. Additionally, these providers have been confronted with extended wait times on the phone when trying to connect with your Ministry's representatives.
Shadow Minister for Housing, Childcare, Autism & Accessibility, Gender Equity & Inclusion

MLA Ross's Letter to Minister Flemming on lacking road infrastructure in Skeena

August 2, 2023
I am writing to you today regarding the issue of the poor conditions of vital roads in my constituency of Skeena. The Nisga’a Lisims government is urging your government to upgrade the Cranberry Connector/Nass Forest Service Road to a numbered highway. The upgrade to the often unsafe and only seasonally-useable road will include paving the current gravel and connecting the Nass Valley eastward to Highway 37 north of Kitwanga.
Shadow Minister for Energy & LNG

MLA Ross' Letter to Minister Dix on staff resignations at the Kitimat General Hospital and Mills Memorial Hospital

July 18, 2023
I write to you today on behalf of my constituents in Skeena regarding staff resignations at the Kitimat General Hospital (KGH) and Mills Memorial Hospital (MMH) in Terrace.

On July 7, 2023, a public letter was issued stating the emergency department at KGH will “need to declare time-specific service interruptions for the Emergency Department [ED] and diversion of emergency patients to MMH ED, particularly during night-time, starting towards the end of July.”

This is very concerning as MMH is already facing major staffing issues, and during the soon-to-come closures, patients needing emergency care will likely face extensive wait times.

Shadow Minister for Energy & LNG

MLAs Tegart and Milobar's Letter to the Auditor General on the recovery effort in Lytton

July 5, 2023
Thank you again for the opportunity to meet with you today to discuss the recovery effort in Lytton, and the possibility of an investigation by your office into various aspects of that effort. We believe that a report is needed to review the public monies that have been spent thus far; to look into whether or not procurement processes were rigorous; and to determine who may be accountable for any failures or missteps in this important process.
Shadow Minister for Finance
Assistant Deputy Speaker

MLA Kirkpatrick's Letter to Minister Kahlon on the Travelodge Motel supportive housing project

June 23, 2023
I am writing today to inquire about a local supportive housing project in my constituency of West Vancouver-Capilano. While this site is classified as supportive housing, there are questions about the level of support that BC Housing, and the current operators, have been providing and whether they are adequate to meet the needs of its vulnerable residents, as well as the surrounding community.
Shadow Minister for Housing, Childcare, Autism & Accessibility, Gender Equity & Inclusion

MLA Sturko's Letter to Ministers Singh, Whiteside and Dix about clarifying B.C.’s school drug awareness curriculum

June 6, 2023
I am writing to you today with serious concerns regarding drug prevention education in British Columbia. Over the past weeks, I have been alerted to multiple incidents involving the distribution of inappropriate materials in B.C. schools, including drug use paraphernalia. Multiple parents have come forward to express their concerns over the distribution of “safe snorting kits” consisting of glass pipes, snorting straws, and tin foil, being distributed to their children in schools in Cowichan and Maple Ridge.
Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery & Education

MLA Bond's Letter to Minister Dix about expanded access to MS treatments

June 6, 2023

I am writing today to urge you to immediately take action to expand access to the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) drugs Kisempta and Ocrevus, ensuring they are covered under B.C. Pharmacare.

These two drugs are recommended by physicians and have been shown to dramatically reduce the symptoms of MS and improve patients’ quality of life. Kisempta is already covered in both Ontario and Quebec, while Ocrevus is covered in every other province in Canada — B.C. stands alone in denying people affordable access to the vital medication.

Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors Services & Long Term Care

MLA Shypitka's Letter to Minister Dix about rural cancer treatment access

June 2, 2023

Rural British Columbians have once again been left in the dark about what access they will have to necessary cancer treatment, as there has been no clarity around the recent announcement to send B.C. cancer patients to Bellingham.

The situation is perplexing for individuals, including some of my constituents, who have been refused cancer treatment in Alberta due to the government's lack of coverage for out-of-province care. It raises questions as to why the government is willing to send British Columbians to seek treatment in another country but not allow them to receive treatment in a neighbouring province, which is often geographically closer than the nearest cancer centre in British Columbia.

Shadow Minister for Mines & Low Carbon Innovation

MLA Ross's Letter to Minister Heyman on the Clague/Bowbese Trail in Kitimat

June 1, 2023
I am writing to you today to bring your attention to an urgent matter regarding the Clague/Bowbese Trail in Kitimat and to seek your assistance in resolving the issues faced between the local Kitimat Snowmobile and Hiking Club and the Province.
Shadow Minister for Energy & LNG

MLA Lee's Letter to Minister Whiteside on the need for a culturally appropriate detox centre in Northwest B.C.

May 23, 2023
I am writing to follow up on the exchanges that I had with Minister Rankin during both Supplementary estimates and Budget estimates about the proposal by the Northern First Nations Alliance (NFNA) to establish a culturally appropriate and holistic health, wellness, and detox centre in Terrace to address the shortage of treatment facilities in northwest British Columbia.
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation, Shadow Minister for Attorney General

MLA Stone’s Letter to Minister Kahlon on the residence and travel costs of Vancouver-West End MLA

May 10, 2023
On behalf of the Official Opposition Caucus, I wanted to follow up on a question that you took on notice on May 4, 2023, with a commitment to report back to the House regarding the residence and travel costs of the Vancouver-West End MLA.
House Leader, Shadow Minister for Jobs, Small Business & Economic Development

MLAs Paton and Oakes' Letter to Minister Robinson on B.C.’s veterinary crisis

April 27, 2023

Thank you for your letter on March 27, 2023, confirming the permanent subsidization of 40 seats for British Columbia students attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). This funding will help students afford to enter this profession and fill some spots in the veterinarian shortage in B.C.


However, as we continue to see a high demand for veterinary services for domestic animals and livestock, we need to do more to address the shortage of veterinarians. With 100 veterinarians retiring per year, the time to act is now.

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food
Shadow Minister for Post Secondary Education

MLA Stewart, Letnick and Merrifield's Letter to Premier Eby in support of Kelowna's request to exclude parks from drug decriminalization pilot program

April 21, 2023
As Members of the Legislative Assembly representing the residents of Kelowna, we are writing to express our support for the City of Kelowna Mayor, Tom Dyas', request to exclude parks from the drug decriminalization three-year pilot program that your government implemented earlier this year.
Shadow Minister for Environment & Climate Change, Technology & Innovation; and Citizens’ Services
Shadow Minister for Children & Family Development
Shadow Minister for Tourism & Trade

MLAs Paton and Oakes' Letter to Minister Robinson on B.C.’s current veterinary shortage

March 15, 2023
We are writing to you today to reiterate our concern about the shortage of veterinarians in British Columbia and the impact it is having on animals, their owners and the vets themselves.
Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food
Shadow Minister for Post Secondary Education

MLA Tegart's Letter to Minister Ralston on Aspen Planers Permits

February 13, 2023
I am writing you today to express my deep concern regarding the delays in issuing permits to Aspen Planers in my riding, and the devastating effect that not having permits issued is having on Aspen Planers employees, forestry contractors, and the community of Merritt...and potentially the communities of Savona and Lillooet in the future if permits are not immediately issued.
Assistant Deputy Speaker

MLA Kyllo and Lee's Letter to Premier Eby on Community Benefits Agreements

January 25, 2023
We are writing to support the statements published by Cowichan Tribes and Khowutzun Development Corporation (KDC) on January 19, 2023, as well as by Jon Coleman, a member of the Cowichan Tribes, on January 16, 2023, calling on the British Columbia government to permit Cowichan citizen-owned companies to participate in the construction of the Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project.
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation, Shadow Minister for Attorney General
Deputy Whip, Shadow Minister for Labour & Skills Training

MLAs Kyllo, Stone and Paton's Letter to Minister Alexis and Minister Bains on ongoing BC Temporary Foreign Workers Program processing delays

January 13, 2023
We are writing to you regarding the unacceptably slow certification and application processing times for the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program in British Columbia, which pose a serious threat to many businesses and industries. Farmers, ranchers and others from the agriculture industry throughout B.C. have shared concerns about the risk to their industries that rely heavily on the TFW program for seasonal and experienced labour.
House Leader, Shadow Minister for Jobs, Small Business & Economic Development
Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food
Deputy Whip, Shadow Minister for Labour & Skills Training

MLAs Kyllo, Doerkson, Merrifield, Letnick and Stewart's Letter to Minister Cullen on the invasion of zebra and quagga mussels in B.C.

January 13, 2023
We’re writing to support the Shuswap Watershed Council’s recent request for increased funding and expanded inspection stations to prevent an invasion of zebra and quagga mussels in British Columbia waters. There is a high risk of these mussels infiltrating B.C. waters due to boat traffic, and the consequences of such an invasion would be devastating to the Shuswap and Okanagan regions and the environment as a whole. The request for more support to combat these risks is also echoed by regional organizations like the Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association and the Okanagan Basin Water Board.
Shadow Minister for Environment & Climate Change, Technology & Innovation; and Citizens’ Services
Shadow Minister for Children & Family Development
Shadow Minister for Emergency Management and Climate Readiness; and Water, Land and Resource Stewardship
Deputy Whip, Shadow Minister for Labour & Skills Training

MLA Kyllo's Letter to Minister Kahlon on the winter shelter crisis in Salmon Arm

December 8, 2022
I am writing to you regarding the urgent matter of a lack of overnight shelter for the unhoused community in Salmon Arm.
Deputy Whip, Shadow Minister for Labour & Skills Training

MLA Kyllo's Letter to Minister Rankin on the winter shelter crisis in Salmon Arm

December 5, 2022
Thank you for meeting with me briefly on November 24, 2022, regarding the lack of overnight shelter for the unhoused community in Salmon Arm. I am writing to follow up on our conversation and discuss the next steps in finding a solution to this unacceptable situation that is forcing people to sleep on the streets in freezing temperatures.
Deputy Whip, Shadow Minister for Labour & Skills Training

MLAs Merrifield, Letnick and Stewart's Letter to Minister Dix on long ambulance wait times

November 15, 2022
As Members of the Legislative Assembly that represent residents in Kelowna and surrounding areas, we are writing to you to express our grave concern about B.C. Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) decision to reduce the number of ambulances in Kelowna by 30 per cent. As a rapidly growing region which has already been suffering from a shortage of health care and emergency services, this decision will be dangerous for residents who will now face even longer wait times and uncertainty when dealing with health emergencies.
Shadow Minister for Environment & Climate Change, Technology & Innovation; and Citizens’ Services
Shadow Minister for Children & Family Development
Shadow Minister for Tourism & Trade

MLA Bond's Letter to Minister Dix on expanding coverage of Cystic Fibrosis drug, Trikafta

September 7, 2022
I am writing today to urge you to take immediate action on the expanded coverage of the lifesaving Cystic Fibrosis drug, Trikafta. Families across British Columbia continue to wait for the approval of this drug for children under the age of 12, leaving many children to suffer unnecessarily.
Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors Services & Long Term Care

MLA Doerkson's Letter to Minister Osborne on the Conflict of Interest Commissioner asked to investigate the minister's actions

June 28, 2022
I am writing to you about an issue that has recently been brought to my attention concerning a potential conflict of interest on the part of the Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship, Josie Osborne.
Shadow Minister for Emergency Management and Climate Readiness; and Water, Land and Resource Stewardship

MLA Kyllo's Letter to Premier Horgan on Bill 10

June 1, 2022
I am writing to you today to express my deep concern over the conditions under which Bill 10 — and the measures that will follow the passing of this legislation — are being implemented, and how they will impact workers’ rights to freely and fairly choose whether to become unionized or not.
Deputy Whip, Shadow Minister for Labour & Skills Training

MLA Kyllo's Letter to Premier Horgan and Minister Bains on Employment Standards Branch wait times

May 12, 2022
I am writing to you today to express concern over your government’s handling of the Employment Standards Branch (ESB) — an institution that is instrumental in upholding workers’ rights through the Employment Standards Act and ensuring all employees can receive the compensation, security, rights, and justice they are entitled to.
Deputy Whip, Shadow Minister for Labour & Skills Training

MLA Paton's Letter to Minister Popham on support for farmers to recover from massive flood losses

January 24, 2022

I am writing to you on behalf of a number of farmers who are rightfully concerned about their ability to access financial compensation following the devastating flooding that occurred last November.

It appears Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) has some restrictions that have left many producers ineligible for relief. Farmers have let me know that they have tried to apply for the funding but have been told they technically don’t qualify for any support because their farms are incorporated and bring in more than $1 million in annual sales.

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food

BC United Caucus Interim Leader Bond and MLA Morris' letter to Minister Farnworth on the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline

November 16, 2021
We are writing to you today, following our learning of the tense situation facing hundreds of British Columbians working on the Coastal GasLink (CGL) project, which has the full support of all 20 elected First Nations councils along its route.
Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors Services & Long Term Care
Shadow Minister for Public Safety & Solicitor General

BC United Caucus Interim Leader Bond and MLA Kirkpatrick's letter to Minister Dean on Autism Funding in B.C.

November 12, 2021
We are writing to you today to express our significant concerns with your government’s planned changes to the service delivery model that provides support for neurodiverse children, including your decision to abandon individualized autism funding and the AT Home Program.
Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors Services & Long Term Care
Shadow Minister for Housing, Childcare, Autism & Accessibility, Gender Equity & Inclusion

MLA Tegart's letter to Minister Whiteside on IDL school funding

October 14, 2021

My colleagues and I in the BC United Caucus have received a range of correspondence regarding your government’s planned changes to the enrollment conditions for students in Independent Distributed Learning (IDL) programs offered across the province.

It is my understanding that starting in the 2022/23 school year, public and independent online school authorities can only operate within their district unless granted special permission from the Ministry to cross-enroll from another district or authority. This will mean that students not currently residing within district boundaries will no longer be able to attend their chosen schools via online learning.

Assistant Deputy Speaker

MLA Halford's Letter to Premier Horgan on funding naloxone kits

September 24, 2021
Our province continues to experience the deadliest year of overdose deaths on record. Last month, we marked International Overdose Awareness Day and somberly reflected on the tragic loss of over 1,000 British Columbians to overdose deaths, so far this year. Naloxone kits are a vital tool needed to save lives and prevent these overdose deaths. We find it unacceptable that with deaths at record levels, your government cut the funding that provided kits to frontline emergency responders during an overdose crisis.
Shadow Minister for Transportation & Infrastructure, ICBC & Affordability, TransLink, BC Transit & Sport

BC United Caucus Interim Leader Bond and MLA Stewart’s Letter to Minister Eby on COVID data reporting

September 24, 2021
I am writing to you regarding the recent reports of a serious rise in cases of COVID-19 at temporary housing facilities throughout Victoria, including the former Paul’s Motor Inn, Muncey Place on Blanshard Street, the Travelodge, and 844 Johnson Street.
Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors Services & Long Term Care
Shadow Minister for Tourism & Trade

MLA Kirkpatrick's Letter to Minister Chen on delay of promised ECE wage enhancement

September 10, 2021
Recently, my office has received several emails from daycare operators and employees expressing frustration over the delay of your government’s promised ECE wage enhancement.
Shadow Minister for Housing, Childcare, Autism & Accessibility, Gender Equity & Inclusion

BC United Caucus Interim Leader Bond’s Letter to Premier Horgan on Providing Clarity to Small Businesses

September 3, 2021
I’m writing to you today to request answers to a number of questions being raised by British Columbians following your announcement of a vaccine card to provide proof of vaccination to access non-essential services.
Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors Services & Long Term Care

Interim Leader of the Official Opposition Bond’s Letter to Premier Horgan on Answers Needed to Support Those Impacted by Wildfires

September 1, 2021
I wrote to you on August 20, 2021 about the impact the wildfires have had on thousands of British Columbians, yet have not received a reply from you. Your correspondence office did confirm receipt but the lack of direct communication is very disappointing, especially because the situation has gotten worse since the letter was delivered.
Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors Services & Long Term Care

BC United Caucus Interim Leader Bond's Letter to Premier Horgan on BC Wildfires

August 23, 2021

Dear Premier Horgan,

While you were away, thousands of British Columbians have experienced evacuation orders and alerts while countless others faced the smoke and flames from wildfires raging in much of our province.

As you return to British Columbia, our communities are looking for greater certainty, better communication, and financial supports to assist with the loss of homes, and other impacts to property and livelihoods.

Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors Services & Long Term Care

MLA Morris's Letter to Minister Farnworth on Emergency Preparedness

August 6, 2021

Further to our telephone conversation on Monday, July 26th. You had mentioned that the province was in litigation with Safeguard and restricted on what you could speak about, other than to confirm that Safeguard, although invited, had not submitted any bid to contract services for BC Wildfire.

In discussion with MLA Davies and Safeguard after our conversation, they state that they are not in Litigation with BCWFS or the Province of BC. Safeguard had sent what they termed, a “friendly letter” 2 months ago asking government to pay 2.2 million dollars outstanding for the Burns Lake deployment of 2018 as they had only been paid for the original Fort St. James deployment. Safeguard states they have so far chosen not to pursue it in lieu of trying to work with BCWFS and the conflict it would create.

Shadow Minister for Public Safety & Solicitor General

MLA Tegart's Letter to Premier Horgan on Support for Lytton Residents

August 3, 2021
It has now been 34 days since the Lytton Fire incinerated a whole community. Lives, pets, and homes were lost; and businesses, livelihoods, and jobs destroyed. The medical services building, grocery store, police station, school, administration buildings, and ambulance are gone. The Village of Lytton and Lytton First Nation residents who survived the fire are now scattered in a multitude of communities, families are searching for loved ones, and evacuees have been moved numerous times. These community members have lost their stability and sense of belonging. They are looking for hope and answers but are getting very little information from agencies working on the ground.
Assistant Deputy Speaker

MLA Tegart's Letter to Premier Horgan on support for Lytton residents

July 13, 2021

As you know, it has been a devastating couple of weeks for the people of Lytton as a wildfire virtually destroyed the town and everything in it. My constituents suffered great trauma as they evacuated homes and businesses on a moment’s notice, most with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Tragically, we lost two valued community members and our hearts go out to their families and loved ones.

With all this in mind, it is vital that we ensure these evacuees get the supports they need. To my knowledge, in B.C. we have never seen a wildfire destroy nearly an entire town before. This makes the situation unique, and we must respond accordingly.

Assistant Deputy Speaker

BC United Caucus Interim Leader Bond's Letter to Premier Horgan on the call for an independent review into Government handling of the heatwave

July 12, 2021

I am writing to you today because countless British Columbians found themselves unprepared for the extreme heat wave that our province faced. It is vital that we better understand what happened and what changes need to be made to ensure that we are prepared to prevent the unnecessary loss of life when the next heat health emergency occurs.

It is for this reason that I am calling for an independent review of the response to the heat wave we experienced, in order to understand how we can better respond to future extreme heat events. I think we can both agree this is likely to become a more regular occurrence.

Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors Services & Long Term Care