MPs hold emergency debate on BC floods, extreme weather

The House of Representatives prepares to hold an emergency debate on flood in BC because both coasts of Canada are facing an onslaught of wet weather.


The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST and is expected to last until midnight.

The request for debate was backed by the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens, and Speaker Anthony Rota agreed to the request to meet the House’s standard for an emergency debate.

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However, there is disagreement over what the debate should focus on.

Vancouver Island MP Elizabeth May said the focus should be on the overall climate emergency, noting the environmental disasters BC has faced this year, including heat domes and wildfires in summer. BC NDP MP Richard Cannings agrees with her.

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BC Conservative MP Ed Fast, whose horseback riding in Abbotsford was among those hardest hit by the floods in southern BC, said he wanted the discussion to focus entirely on what is currently happening. happened in his native province.

“This is arguably the worst natural disaster in the history of our country,” Fast said.

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said earlier this week that any urgent debate on BC must include discussion of how Canada can better prepare for increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

It is unclear if any new measures will be decided beyond the more than 500 troops Ottawa has sent to BC to aid recovery efforts after a storm last week resulted in 300 mm of rain, killing at least four people. Thousands of people were evacuated, farms were flooded, many landslides occurred, highways were closed, and cattle were killed.

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The debate comes as three new storms are about to make landfall in BC, all of which are predicted to be of the same kind that plunge the province into a state of emergency: atmospheric rivers.

Atmospheric rivers are when a large, narrow stream of vapor moves through the sky and can cause higher-than-normal rainfall.

BC global meteorologist Kristi Gordon said the next three storms to make landfall in BC are expected to bring more than 200% of the average rainfall the province sees in the fall, placing November in record territory. amount of rain.

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The first of the storms will make landfall on the BC coast late Wednesday, with the heaviest rainfall expected Wednesday night through early Friday morning.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, particularly near the mountains. It also includes the Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast corridor from Gibsons to Earls Cove, where 40 to 80 mm is expected to fall on Friday morning.

“This storm will be shorter-lived and less intense than the November 13-15 event,” Environment Canada said.

According to Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga, the next storm will hit Saturday and early Sunday, and the third is expected to make landfall next Tuesday.

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Canada’s east coast is also facing its own crisis after a storm ravaged the provinces and washed away roads and bridges.

Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency in two counties on Tuesday, and in Newfoundland and Labrador, the southwestern Channel-Port aux Basques town experienced power cuts due to flooding.

The urgent debate comes as the House of Commons recently reconvened on Monday, for the first time since September elections that gave the Liberals a minority government.

– with files from Amy Judd and Canadian Press

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