Today, I am once again calling on the provincial government to declare a state of emergency to fight the wildfires burning across BC.
On July 6th, when I called on John Horgan to declare a state of emergency, there were a little over 200 fires burning around the province. As of yesterday, there were over 300.
We’ve heard terrifying stories: mass evacuations, Indigenous communities being cut off from the rest of the province, ranchers having to euthanize their cattle, and interior residents having to endure some of the worst air quality in the world.
Experts, municipal officials, regional districts, and Indigenous leaders have demanded a state of emergency — yet the government has ignored those calls.
What more is it going to take?
Declaring a state of emergency will allow for essential resources to reach frontline British Columbians who need them the most.
Now is the time for John Horgan to show leadership and take action. There is no reason for any further delay.