The Premier listed off the province’s successes and challenges during her address at the Union of BC Municipalities Friday in downtown Vancouver.
Christy Clark discussed how well the province has done in the film industry, as well as the hard work of firefighters during one of the worst and driest wildfire seasons on record.
“Thank you to the men and women who fought our wildfires all across the province in this incredible difficult wildfire season.”
As for challenges, the Premier talked about last month’s massive storm that at one point knocked power out for 700,000 customers in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island .
Clark then proceeded to make several announcements:
- She will spend $5 million to fight gangs in B.C.
- To reduce the wildfire risk to communities, her government will also give a top-up of $10 million to the wildfire prevention initiative.
- And she has pledged $75 million over the next three years in a dividend for small communities to help with infrastructure challenges.
Premier defends Children and Families Minister
Clark is standing by her embattled minister, Stephanie Cadieux, saying she is “working really hard” to make sure her department is effective.
She adds she sees “eye to eye” with Cadieux.
As for last week’s death of an 18-year-old boy who was living in an Abbotsford hotel while in government care, Clark says there will be consequences.
“The delegated agency in this case in Abbotsford that has really captured everyone’s attention so rightfully recently, made a real mistake. Or it appears that they did. They did not follow policy. It was wrong. It had tragic, tragic outcomes and there are going to be consequences for that.”
At the same time, she says we can’t rush to judgment because we don’t have all the details.
She says as a policy, we don’t want vulnerable kids placed in hotels.