November 22, 2021 – Ottawa, ON – Dan Albas, Conservative Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, and Ed Fast, Conservative Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry, released the following statement on Canada’s Conservatives calling for an emergency debate in the House of Commons on the flooding crisis in British Columbia:
“We’re thankful that, since the onset of the flooding, the government has upheld a strong willingness to collaborate for the benefit of British Columbians who have faced devastating flooding over the past weeks. Conservative Members of Parliament represent many of the ridings impacted, and we want to ensure that a collaborative Team Canada approach continues in a manner that includes all levels of government across party lines.
“In the spirit of continued collaboration, the Conservative opposition are requesting an Emergency Debate under Standing Order 52.(1) at the earliest opportunity. Parliamentary collaboration is critical to help the province rebuild, and British Columbians deserve to see that we stand resolutely with them during this difficult time.
“The heroic work of first responders, civic workers, and citizens has helped save lives and protect property, but the rebuilding effort will require significant federal support and a long-term commitment. The return of Parliament allows for British Columbians to see the House of Commons seized with this crisis and working together on the way forward, and this will be particularly important as the damage is assessed and rebuilding begins.”