Conservatives, NDP call for House of Commons to have emergency debate on floods in B.C.

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Floodwater covers Highway 1 in Abbotsford, BC on November 16.Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

The Conservatives and the NDP want an emergency debate in the House of Commons this week on the flood ravages in British Columbia.

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B.C. is poised for more extreme weather a week after an “atmospheric river” caused deadly landslides and widespread flooding in the province due to heavy rain.

As the province is working rapidly to rebuild and repair highways, bridges and rail lines washed away by floodwaters, some experts predict it will be the costliest weather event in Canadian history.

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Conservative BC lawmakers Ed Fast and Dan Albas say an emergency debate on rebuilding BC after the disaster could send a message to British Columbians that the federal government is “seized by this crisis”.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says his party is going to request an emergency debate on the need to act swiftly to tackle climate change, but also to better prepare the provinces for the extreme weather that is expected to be more common.

The House of Commons is meeting this week for the first time since June and almost all MPs are present in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020.

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