What They Wrought on this Fine Province
The Liberal Party of British Columbia left a disastrous legacy that reverberates today even after they've been run out of office.
Among other things, during the reign of Gordon Campbell and his successor, Christie Clark, the provincial Libs offloaded responsibility for disaster management onto municipalities.
In 2003 (the Campbell years), the government transferred responsibility for flood management to municipalities.The offloading has resulted in a hodgepodge of regimes across the province. In Metro Vancouver alone, for example, there are 21 municipal authorities with varying capacity to deal with the growing threats of extreme weather.
That the government had to halt its work on emergency-management legislation because of a weather-related emergency is telling. And the situation in B.C., as elsewhere, is only going to get worse.